Release date: February 5, 2016
Studio: Universal Pictures
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Screenwriters: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum
Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Fargo”) write and direct “Hail, Caesar!,” an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, “Hail, Caesar!” follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
What movies by Woody Allen for some, the premiere of the Coen brothers for others – be sure to view, certainly in the movie, the soundtrack is always exciting, always a lot of references, always ironic, always an interesting history and have always stellar cast of actors, friends of the director duo. In his latest project, “Hail Caesar!” Ethan and Joel decided that good enough is not the case, and created a comedy, which is already at the moment of viewing odds on quotes, like an old knitted grandmother’s stocking, which radiates exaggerated brilliance then Hollywood, which makes you laugh and nostalgia for a past age at the same time, which is crammed with stars of the first magnitude, and Oscar winner so that you do not know to whom and watch – at Johansson, Brolin, Swinton, Clooney or the wife of one of the directors Frances McDormand, which seems incredibly funny (and for some incredibly funny and will), which, finally, a textbook on the history of Hollywood – a storehouse of references, images and stories from the past that just like esthete film fans and forced to watch and review the “Caesar” again and again. Why all this splendor is called the most unnecessary of Cohen projects?
Josh Brolin plays a studio producer and manager of Capitol Eddie Mannix (real-life person, a kind known to all problem solver). His new job – to find the main actor studio Baird Whitlock (Clooney), who was to play a major role in the blockbuster, but it was stolen. Mannix is maneuvering between the kidnappers and journalists (Swinton), is trying to oversee the creation of the costume drama, helping Hollywood star (Johansson) to save face and save the image, and still keep the family would not be prevented in all this mess. Job 24 7, neither give nor take.
This is a farce, which can not be called shameless, rather pleasantly surprised strange to the modern premiere pleasant playfulness without vulgarity. This is not a mockery of Hollywood and not sarcasm, but rather good humor, irony and even sadness bright light. There is no “subcutaneous” jokes and wants to stab someone or something of the now existing on the “dream factory”. “Caesar” – a play about theater Hollywood ’50s, as detailed in some detail and references, and so far from reality simultaneously. This masterful joke favorites academics and the French Riviera, which has long been on the status of everything is possible, so why not take advantage ?!
Coens – known dudes, and then, with what taste they give each scene, said the mere fact that certain pieces of “Caesar’s” nice to just revise: Dance Channing Tatum, directed manner by Fiennes, grimaces and jumps smiling heroine Johansson, Swinton multiplied by two (the Coens have done so that the viewer does not get upset that their favorite actress in the project again, not so much).
The feeling that the master kinder (or aged), but also as the aforementioned Woody Allen, is it surprisingly comes, and did not mean that the brothers can no longer remove something hard or corrosive as “Old Men” or “burn After reading.” Judging by what we see in “Hail Caesar”, imagination, energy, and fuse these two will be enough for four.
Directed invented mass shooting a movie with the author’s taste and jokes, for the sake of understanding of the meaning which the viewer will not hesitate to get into the Internet. You can consider it a propaganda film industry, not only as a business but as a thing with a large and interesting history. We know little about the “kitchen” in Hollywood today: we simply do not show, awards and fees have become paramount things. Hollywood of the 50s – a factory-city, 365 days a year, it is the army staff, army star, reporters army, twenty-four hours of the studio, taking several assorted projects at once (here and musicals, and the peplos, and Western), rehearsals, glitter, music and dancing. Yes, of course, this tale from the Coen fairly saturated with honey, but the work of fixer it is a pretty realistic. Mannix really rescued, found, married, divorce, and did everything to save the reputation of Hollywood. And Brolin plays him perfectly.
With no frame, the star that no episode, then revise that no joke, it is immediately obvious from under one’s pen, it was removed. Yes, this is not the movie the Coen that receives awards, it is a joke that someone may seem a respite famous directors, but if it is a break, it is too good to be called so.
The Coens have fun as they can: cite themselves, joke, build scenes, theatrical rolls which do not give us the key to the “kitchen” of Hollywood ’50s, but they give enough to peep through the keyhole. Something of this is true that some of that – hyperbole, but look incredibly nice.