About – A Hollywood executive in the 1950’s tries to keep his studio stars from failing the studio and he tries to keep them in line.
The difference between the Coen Brothers and other Hollywood directors is that, they produce some of the strangest but funniest films to come out of Hollywood. They have directed the likes of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’ and ‘No Country for Old Men’. However, they have also written some amazing dramas, ‘Bridge of Spies’, and Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’. Some of Coen Brothers films are hard to watch, not so easy to follow and takes a lot to understand. Without a doubt ‘Hail Caesar!’ is one of them films.
‘Hail, Caesar!’ has one of the best cast members in 2016, from Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. With so much more actors and actresses involved. However due to the mass cast members this review can only look at the main protagonists.
The main protagonist is Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), who is, one of Hollywood’s executives that this story follows. He is trying to keep the studios stars in line. Eddie is the character that loses his mind over everything and stresses about his actors, just in case they go missing or if they’re not performing well. Josh Brolin who acts out this role was brilliant. He captures the stress and emotions that this character needs. This makes the character and performance loveable but also humorous. In certain scenes, this is important, he adds the right amount of comedy to bring this film the special edge it needs.
Another character that you could class as a main protagonist, would be Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich). Hobie Doyle is a western actor. Hollywood want him to appear on this one film, however because he is a country man he can’t pronounce certain words. This frustrates the studios directors time and wasting their money. Alden Ehrenreich plays this character incredibly well. He emphasises the country accent that the character needs and it works brilliantly, he expresses the comedy side for his character.
Nonetheless, ‘Hail Caesar!’ is a comedy drama. If you are not used to the Coen Brothers, ‘Hail Caesar!’ might be a difficult watch, as this is not for everyone. As the storyline is not as easy to follow, with scenes of characters singing and weird storylines for each character with no introduction to them. However, without having an introduction to characters it is a refreshing feel to a film. This enhances the comedy because we are only seeing these characters conveying humour.
Without a doubt ‘Hail Caesar!’ is beautifully shot. The cinematography was done by the outstanding Roger Deakins. His previous work is ‘Sicario’, ‘Prisoners’, and the 2017 very anticipated ‘Blade Runner 2049’. There is an effect on ‘Hail Caesar!’ like a 1950’s golden filter over the top of the entire film. This improves the visual experience. This also brings the sense of unrealism to the film but works. With the film being set in the 1950’s, this is brilliant to emphasise the era that the Coen Brothers are wanting to achieve.
Overall, ‘Hail Caesar!’ has a brilliant cast and it doesn’t disappoint by the performances, it enhances the final product. The humour and drama is brilliant; however, the storyline is all over the place, this can distract some audience members. However, this could be because of the Coen Brothers way of storytelling, making it very strange. It is beautifully shot due to Roger Deakins. ‘Hail Caesar!’ is strange but delightful.