Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace

MV5BMjQyODc3MTI2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDMxMjU2NzE@._V1_UY1200_CR64,0,630,1200_AL_From the directors who brought us ‘No Country for Old Men‘ and ‘True Grit‘ comes a 50’s telling about a studio executive trying to keep everything in line as communists kidnap their lead actor in Baird Whitlock. The movie has a star studded cast with Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and George Clooney.

The easiest way to explain ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ is the plot point of George Clooney being kidnapped and held ransom to the demands of communists who want to expose Hollywood for its propaganda. Although the main plot is on Clooney and Josh Brolin we’re also introduced to different plot points where we follow actors with struggles in their own right. There really isn’t a simple way of explaining the film because none of it really ties into one another. It’s one of those things where audiences may be put off by the un-cohesive plot.


Aside from main story arc between Eddie Mannix and Baird Whitlock, one of the other side stories involved Rodeo actor Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) who goes from western to drama. It comes as a new experience for Doyle, who with an obvious accent, finds the transition a little bit difficult. Easily the best side story where you couldn’t help but laugh at Doyle’s attempt to play a serious scene when his accent and demeanor is glaringly off. Another scene that stood out was when Eddie Mannix met with religious men and wanted their input on Capital Production’s newest film ‘Hail Caesar‘. There’s a moment when the conversation about how the movie’s representation of the son of God that turns hilarious as they each argue.

The movie is getting many praise while others are pointing out the flaws of an unfocused script. I fall in the middle because as there were many moments of laughter there just wasn’t much to go on as to an understanding. Production value is great with drop-ins to Hollywood shoot scenes. It’s difficult to comment on the acting because none of the side plots came together thus ultimately leaving it to a scene by scene basis. Very entertaining with plenty to laugh at, audiences may find ‘Hail Caesar!‘ a mystery at the end.

Rating: 6/10


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