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Hail, Caesar!

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Hail, Caesar!

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (2016)

101min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Joel and Ethan Coen's unashamed screwball comedy - the presence of George Clooney links it to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty - is a dizzy, saturated hooray to Hollywood. Josh Brolin does great, stoic work as a studio fixer in early 1950s Burbank whose headaches over a nonstop 24-hour period include the kidnapped star (Clooney) of a costly Roman epic, a spat with highly strung English director Ralph Fiennes over the casting of singing cowboy Alden Ehrenreich, a scandal scented by Tilda Swinton's twin Hedda Hopper-style gossip columnists and the pregnancy of unmarried musical mermaid Scarlett Johansson. In place of a cohesive plot we get a plate-spinning exercise, but a thrilling and frequently hilarious one. Aided by on-message regulars cinematographer Roger Deakins, costumier Mary Zophres and composer Carter Burwell, the Coens re-create the CinemaScope age before our very eyes, with pitch-perfect movie parodies, including two flawless dance routines, one led by a cheerily homoerotic Channing Tatum in a sailor suit. It may not have a lot to say - other than: hey, the movies are just swell - but it's all executed with true love.

Summary

An executive in 1950s Hollywood is employed to bury scandals, solve problems and ensure everything goes to plan for the studio. In one fraught day, he has to contend with the kidnapping of the leading man from the set of an ancient Roman epic, a musical star's secret pregnancy, and a director who has objects to having a miscast actor forced on him. The Coen brothers' comedy, starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes.

Cast & Crew

Eddie Mannix Josh Brolin
Baird Whitlock George Clooney
Thora Thacker / Thessaly Thacker Tilda Swinton
Laurence Laurentz Ralph Fiennes
Burt Gurney Channing Tatum
DeeAnna Moran Scarlett Johansson
Joe Silverman Jonah Hill
Hobie Doyle Alden Ehrenreich
CC Calhoun Frances McDormand
Mrs Mannix Alison Pill
Gracchus Clancy Brown
Communist writer David Krumholtz
Communist writer Fisher Stevens
Arne Seslum Christopher Lambert
Professor Marcuse John Bluthal
Lurking extra Wayne Knight
Cad in cab Jack Huston
Rabbi Robert Picardo
Woman in cab Agyness Deyn
Producer of <em>Hail, Caesar!</em> Robert Trebor
Narrator Michael Gambon
Director Ethan Coen
Director Joel Coen
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Mar 2016

Comedy Drama

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