Hail, Caesar! is a 2016 comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett
Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum. It is a fictional story that follows the real-life “fixer” Eddie Mannix (Brolin) working in the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s, trying to discover what happened to a cast member who vanished during the filming of a biblical epic.
The last Coen rothers film I reacall liking was ‘Raising Arizona’ and that was back in 1987. It is memorable as being one of the last movies I recall with an intermission.
Despite the lavish production and big name stars, this film falls between genres. It’s a bit noir, but wanders between drama, comedy and satire. Comedy is a bit of a stretch as it fails the one laugh test.
It’s diffficult to understand the appeal of the film as it feels like a lot of sketches thrown together. It’s not that Coen Brothers can’t do good movies. Of those they have made, I have seen..
The Big Lebowski (A Rating)
O Brother, Where Art Thou ? (B)
Burn After Reading (F)
Bridge of Spies (B) .. but directed by Steven Speilberg
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 86%.
Despite positive critical reception, audiences were mixed to negative about the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “C-” on an A+ to F scale. 52% of the opening day audience were males while 84% were over 25, with both demographics giving the film a “D+” grade, while those over 50 years old gave the film a grade of “D-
This I can understand. Those with investment in the film industry will probably like this more than the ordinary public.