Review: Hail Caesar!
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
By Kitty Turpin
“Hail Caesar!” the new Coen Brothers movie, is a feel good comedy, much along the lines of what Joel and Ethan Coen have made in the past (Fargo, The Big Lebowski), however this is by far the most “feel good” movie of them all.
It’s a gorgeous throwback to the glitz and glamour of 1950’s Hollywood, with an all star cast, such as George Clooney, Josh Brolin, and even Tilda Swinton makes an appearance, playing characters that were written in the likeness of real Hollywood stars of the time.
The actor who stole the show for me was Alden Ehrenreich, who played Hobie Doyle, an underrated character who supplied a lot of the humour. He’s portrayed as the dumb southern actor, starring as a dextrous cowboy in classic westerns, but proves he’s anything but, showing his quick thinking skills and charm.
Stylistically, this movie is stunning. I was amazed with every scene. The sets, the costumes, the styling of the Chinese restaurant, I am still blown away by the look of this film…but that’s all.
As far as story goes, yes I was amused and I laughed throughout (a very hard thing for me to achieve), but there was no real substance to the plotline and there was a lot of filler that included a musical number. I feel I got more out of the trailer about the plot than I did in the actual movie. The looks and the laughs made up for it though,
“Hail Caesar!” was enjoyable. I’d go see it again…for a third time.