- 106 min
- Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson
In this latest offering from the Coen brothers, Eddie Mannix (Brolin) is an MGM studio executive with a reputation for keeping the stars in line and preventing any employees from embarrassing the company. A witty and whimsical gang-show featuring an over-qualified cast doing extravagant turns unencumbered by narrative purpose.
The latest from the wonderful director-writing team of the Cohen Brothers is set in 50s Hollywood in a studio (very obviously based on MGM), sent into disarray when its lead actor is kidnapped in the middle of the making of the studios’ latest epic. Josh Brolin excels as the studio head, George Clooney is the ‘past his prime’ mega star, Tilda Swinton is a vicious Hedda Hopper Journalist, Cohen favourite Frances McDormand steals the picture as a knowing film editor and Scarlett Johanssen plays a wonderfully lower class Esther Williams look alike. Five star reviews all along the line, this is a MUST for anyone who loves movies.
“What the Coens do here is re-create the CinemaScope age before your very eyes, and you don’t have to be a buff to enjoy its many riches, but it helps. A love of classic musicals will help you fully appreciate the song-and-dance routine led by Channing Tatum — and that’s him singing as well as hoofing. It’s set in a bar populated by sailors on shore leave and could have come out of any musical of the time. Only its cheery homoeroticism hints that it’s been staged with an ironist’s eye from the future. Hail, Caesar! may not have a lot to say, but what it does say, it says with true love, which is: aren’t movies just swell?“
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Reviews & features
Hail, Caesar!16 Feb 2016
Glasgow Film Festival: Star-studded, brazenly frivolous comedy from the Coens
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Six movie-loving Coen Brothers double bills21 Jan 2016
Celebrate the Coens’ love of cinema ahead of Glasgow Film Festival 2016 opener Hail Caesar
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UK premiere of Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! to open Glasgow Film Festival6 Jan 2016
All-star ensemble comes to Glasgow hot on heels of world premiere
Hail, Glasgow Film Festival! Anticipation for the coming 2016 edition of the fast-growing film fest reaches new heights today with the exciting announcement of its opening night film, the UK premiere of Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar! on Wed 17 Feb.
Scarlett Johansson to star in Hail Caesar!10 Jul 2014
Scarlett Johansson is being lined up to star in 'Hail Caesar!' The actress is in talks to join the Coen brothers' new movie alongside confirmed cast members Josh Brolin and George Clooney. The 'Match Point' star is expecting her first child with…
Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes join Hail Caesar25 Jun 2014
Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have joined the cast of 'Hail Caesar!' The eclectic trio of A-list actors are all in talks to star in the Coen brothers' 1950s set comedy, which already boasts an all-star line-up including George…
Josh Brolin joins George Clooney in Hail Caesar10 Jun 2014
Josh Brolin joins George Clooney in the Coen brothers' 'Hail Caesar'. The hunk, 46, has been cast in the film which follows a Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix in the 1950s working to keep a studio's stars in line, reports Deadline.com. The Coens who…
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