Hail, Caesar! Set in the Golden era of Hollywood, this movie is another new film from the Cohen Brothers. This film seemed to be a hit and miss from a lot of people, my parents and a co worker didn’t really like the film, but another co worker and I enjoyed it, it’s not the Cohen Brothers best film, but it was still enjoyable, there were some parts, maybe went over my head, as I have read that if you grew up during that period, you will understand a lot, but if you didn’t you may or may not get it, I understood most, but there were some blurry parts for me.
The acting was great, I really enjoyed each actor especially Hobie Doyle (played by Alden Ehrenreich) he was my absolute favourite character, that I felt they needed more of him, I won’t go on too much of Hobie Doyle’s scenes as they are so great you need to see them for yourself. Everyone else was great, but was not used in this film a whole lot, some needed more story background, but I guess, if they did too much on each person, this film would have gone on for hours. In some parts, the story was dragging a little I felt, particularly in George Clooney’s parts that played an actor named Baird Whitlock who is kidnapped and taken to a house full of writers who are called “The Future” and hold him at ransom. Before, when Baird Whitlock’s scenes when he is on set of the Roman/Christian film they are shooting where great, it was just when he was kidnapped, it then got a little bit slow.
Channing Tatum, this would have to be my favourite role of his, it was very odd, but it was great, I am not a huge Channing Tatum fan, the only other film I have liked him in was the Jump Street films, but he was very good in this, the man can act. Scarlett Johansson made me laugh she was very good, an actress with a secret who needed things to be hush hush, showed what they use to do back then to preserve the image of the actors and actresses. Tilda Swinton as the two sisters who work for a magazine was great, I have not really been much of a Tilda Swinton fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed her play two nosey journalist sister’s trying to get a story out of Josh Brolin’s character Eddie Mannix, who was also wonderful as the leading man.
This film was a hit and miss, but all in all, I enjoyed it, the characters were great, the costumes and setting (this was filmed predominately at Paramount Studios which was great; it made me miss America and Hollywood a lot). I wouldn’t rush to the cinema, I would wait till DVD.
I give this film 3 1/2 ★★★☆
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The poster is from here