Hail, Caesar!

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Hail, Caesar!

Directed By: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Starring Josh BrolinGeorge ClooneyAlden Ehrenreich

Empire: 4 Stars                          Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

What have the director’s done before?
The directing duo that is the Coen brothers have been around for a long time. The brothers write, direct and produce their films, jointly, so they must really rake in the cash. They have been nominated for an Academy Award a whopping 13 times. That speaks for itself really there movies are amazing.

Favourites include: The Big Lebowsiki, No Country for Old Men, Inside Llewyn Davis

 Who would win the Oscar?
The movie itself was full of Oscar nominees and winners such as Tilda Swinton. However, the most interesting character was Holby Doyle played by relative newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Holby perfectly. The character Holby is the moral compass of the film, he’s a young southern cowboy movie star, who doesn’t really act, but instead sings and does stunts which his audience loves.

I see big things for Alden Ehrenreich, who ironically is a young movie star in the making.

Was it actually funny?
I would describe Hail, Caesar as light hearted entertainment; it wasn’t a pretentious Hollywood movie, which took itself too seriously. In fact, it was the complete opposite, perhaps even mocking the phonies that make up Hollywood. I was giggling at the absurdity of the Scarlett Johanson’s character a fowled mouth movie actress whose studio image is that of an angel. The cameos in Hail, Caesar  are what made the movie really funny, especially great performances by Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum and Ralph Fiennes who plays an esteemed movie director Laurence Laurentz.

What did I like?
What I enjoyed about Hail, Caesar is that it reminded us about the ridiculousness of the old age of Hollywood when the studios controlled the actors, their image and movies they once did. On the other hand it was nostalgic, as it reminded me of the magic and the mysteriousness of Hollywood movies and Hollywood stars, which, back then had to have a plethora of talents, singing, dancing, acting and…. Obeying. There are a few actors who can sing, dance and actually act, Channing Tatum, does a nice dance scene, but am still not fully convinced that he can really sing, or act for that matter (#no shade).

How does this relate to the real world?
Well, it relates to the real world as it focuses on the Hollywood movie industry ,what I thought was interesting, is this idea that we need to be able to view our actors as  these saintly creatures who don’t make mistakes or don’t get fat. Studios still have an invested interest in actors and actress being good little boys and girls, Hail Caesar, acts as a reminder to us is that the way celebrities are portrayed in movies and magazines may not be anything like they are in real life. When celebrities get out of line these days, it could either destroy their careers e.g. Mel Gibson, Paula Deen, etc. or possibly enhance it e.g. Kanye West or Shia LaBeouf.

 

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