Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johanssen, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Michael Gambon, Christopher Lambert.
Directors: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen.
Screenplay: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen.
Hail, Caesar! is a tale about fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) working at Capitol Pictures film studio in Hollywood in the 1950s. His main problem for the day, finding the right lead for their new period drama, making sure Christ is portrayed correctly in their most anticipated blockbuster, making one of his starlets adopt her own child to stop a scandal, and paying the ransom for one of his stars who was abducted in the mids of shooting said blockbuster.
This moving is a scream, the flow, slight lack of structure and beautiful representation of a 1950s Hollywood film studio. It focusses on the issues of the era, the fear of communism, scandal of children out of wedlock, whisperings of homosexuality, and the film industry taking the profit without paying their talent. What this film also is is a hell of a lot of fun. These issues make for such a wide variety of problems that are delved into with enthusiasm, wit, and charm.
Having the Coen brothers in the directors chair and Roger Deakins the cinematographer makes for a beautiful film—and having a top notch pool of talent on the screen is perfection.
The saturated colours make it feel as though you are watching a technicolor classic of that era. What is also exciting is being able to watch how films were made back then with watching Burt Gurney (Channing Tatum) shoot a navy sailor musical number, DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johanssen) shoot a synchronised swimming number, and Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes) try to direct western star Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) that has only ever starred next to a horse.
The film is a beauty and Josh Brolin is a true lead in this film, keeping the fragmented storylines together with the unforgiving task of having to be on top of every problem. A movie that will be on my re-watch for many years to come.