Hail Caesar! follows Josh Brolin’s character in deciding whether to leave the movie business for aviation, or not whilst dealing with George Clooney’s character’s kidnapping amongst other subplots, involving some serious star power. Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Alden Ehrenreich, Alison Pill and David Krumholtz make up some of the characters.
Whilst watching the movie I had no idea that the tabloid journalists were Tilda Swinton, she is absolutely amazing. She’s the sort of actress that doesn’t take you away from the movie, you’re not focusing on her star power.
The movie felt a bit disjointed, like there was a bit too much going on with not enough time to fully explore every part. I was disappointed that George Clooney wasn’t in it as much as I expected him to be, especially after hearing that it was the fourth film in the trilogy of idiots (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty & Burn After Reading make up the other three) that he plays in Coen Brothers movies. For many people who saw the movie this was a dealbreaker. For me, despite the flaws I really enjoyed it. I love the old Hollywood background, the adorably incompetent Western actor trying to please Laurence Laurentz, probably the most heterosexual musical number ever and the fact that the film goes between genres throughout the movie.
Hail Caesar is perfect for lovers of the Coen Brothers, fans of old Hollywood or celebrities and people who haven’t seen the trailer so they do not misunderstand the plot of the film and will not be disappointed with the journey that takes place.