Year of Release: 2016
Director: Joel & Ethan Coen
Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Alison Pill, Fisher Stevens, Max Baker, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4
Synopsis & Review:
Joel and Ethan Coen have made a career of juggling multiple genres, which they revisit through their unique perspective. They've been successful in some of their comedies, particularly "Raising Arizona" and "O Brother Where Art Thou?", but have also floundered, particularly with "Intolerable Cruelty" and "The Ladykillers". "Hail, Caesar!" sadly turns out to be one of their least successful films: it tries to capture the glory and underbelly of classic Hollywood, by exposing some of the dirt behind what went on in the business, but sadly the film lacks momentum, spark or even a genuine caustic tone to make an impression. Most characters are simply cliches, and appear and disappear quickly enough, never making much of an impression (sadly so, since Tilda Swinton's characters and Alden Ehrenreich's both deserved more attention). The film is an impeccable showcase for the artistry and professionalism of the team that the directors brought together, namely the cinematography of Roger Deakins and the score from Carter Burwell, but lacks rhythm and even the slapstick that made the flawed but funny "The Hudsucker Proxy" worth watching. Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Alden Ehrenreich and Ralph Fiennes all create interesting characters, but sadly not enough to save the film. A quickly forgotten endeavor from these talented directors.