HAIL CAESAR (2016)
A film by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich
Set in 1950s Hollywood, Eddie Mannix ( Josh Brolin) aka the fixer for a big studio Capitol Pictures. Eddie ’s job is to keep the show running, and the stars were they need to be. The theme of the show is religion so we think at the beginning of the film Eddie confesses to a priest then other scene he slap an actress across the jaw. But the plot itself take off when the star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnap from the set of their biggest film, a “Ben-Hur” style epic , after all he is the studio top star.He plays a Roman general who comes to believe in the power of Christ.
Of course his acting is over the top and ridiculous and that is where the Cohen brothers want him. You have Scarlett Johansson who does a number as a mermaid who is promiscuous starlet with an image problem, then Channing Tatum sings and dances in his sailor suit during one of the most outstanding scene Tatum captures the glow and style of an old-fashioned Hollywood star. and so is Scarlett who does a mermaid number like back in the 50’s. And of course Frances McDormand as a chain-smoking, loving editor who wants to get the latest scoop on the stars, all this and more. Here are the Cohen brothers who are at it again making fun of the studios. Funny how that his like in the film Barton Fink where a writer is working for Capitol Pictures Okay then. You are going to have a good time in this one no doubt. I have to hand it to them they are creative in their story telling and did a variety of films and I hope that does not stop.