Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! ★★★★

Spoofin the golden age of Hollywood ... the Coen Brother's way!

"It's all in the hips, the lips, and the eyes and the thighs."

I can't believe Hail, Caesar! was so critically panned when it came out, and we should be more appreciative that Joel and Ethan Coen are still making solid quirky comedies like this.

(Quick Hits) ... Spoilers:

- The aspect that I think does pull the movie down is that much of the star-studded cast are barely utilized, in favor of giving Josh Brolin, George Clooney, and Alden Ehrenreich the majority of the screen time

- This results in us not getting nearly enough of Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill ... to the point where it made the plot come off as random during a few critical moments

- Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand also have small parts ... but they still make a big impression with the little screen time they have

- It was fun to notice that 'Hail, Caesar!' is a neo-noir film surrounded by all the other popular Hollywood genres of that era including a western, some musicals, and a sword and sandals epic that was a cross between 'Spartacus' and 'Ben Hur'

- George Clooney got to be a delightful goofball in this ... if only he could have remembered that final obvious word

- The Coens also poke fun at various other aspects of movie history like the Hollywood Blacklist ... by having Clooney held for ransom by a bunch of disgruntled Communist movie writers, an Auteur filmmaker being forced to use a cowboy actor for his period drama, and a scandal in the form of an unmarried actress having a baby

- The date scene between Veronica Osorio and Ehrenreich was super cute, and I am curious how much of that lassoing he was actually doing

- There had to have been more Channing Tatum scenes that did not make the cut since he goes from jumping around in a musical, to one of the communists who boards a Soviet submarine but loses the ransom money in the process

- The movie even has a group of different kinds of clergymen walk into a movie executive's office joke

"God doesn't have children. He's a bachelor. And very angry ... No! No! He used to be angry! ... What? He got over it? ... You worship the God of another age! ... Who has no love! ... Not true! He likes Jews."

- I enjoyed the complexity of Brolin's character who chooses to keep his job working long hours dealing with issues around the studio, instead of going for an easier job with a large Government contractor. And then his confessions to his priest are just about him sneaking a few cigs 😂

Hail, Caesar! is not on the same level as the Coen's best dark comedies like 'Fargo', 'Big Lebowski', and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', but it did not deserve to be so quickly brushed aside and compared to their lesser movies.

Thanks for reading.
Happy movie watching ... Skål!🍻

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