Reminiscent of the movies of old and with a cast of big name stars, Hail Caesar missed the mark. I’m giving it a C.
Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer, must clean up after the stars and solve problems for Capital Pictures. He’s a cross between a thug and a babysitter. Played by Josh Brolin, Eddie has a lot on his plate, from a new job offer to a missing star.
Written and directed by the Coen brothers, Hail Caesar is a comedy, musical and drama which may be a part of the problem. The movie isn’t even sure what it is, which leaves the audience confused as well. It’s as if parts are just shoved together but don’t really have any meaning.
The star power in this movie is amazing, from George Clooney to Scarlett Johansson. But even with all these stars, the movie falls apart. It’s as if the Coen brothers are trying to tell too many stories, rather than one. The movie jumps from a song and dance number to Communism, from a country crooner to the confessional. And just when you think the storyline is going somewhere, the movie drops that part and moves onto another character.
If you are looking for a great movie about Hollywood, catch Singing in the Rain and leave Hail Caesar for when it comes to TV.
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