Hail, Caesar! tells the story of a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.
The Coen Brother’s are known for their over-the-top films such as Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou? but their new adventure in Hail, Caesar! is something a little different to what they would consider their norm. With the large set of characters played by an impeccable cast, it’s a shame they weren’t used as portrayed in the trailer.
The trailer portrayed the film as another of their whimsical films with George Clooney as their leading man who’s captured by a communist group known as “The Future” and it takes Hollywood’s “fix it man” played by Josh Brolin to rescue him. But as stated in the given logline above, this isn’t exactly what the film is about.
Hail, Caesar! is barely about Clooney’s character at all. It’s a snippit of Brolin’s character’s life and the many things he needs to fix. Clooney’s kidnapping is only one of the many crises that Brolin needs to solve and his character doesn’t involve any of the brilliant cast of characters to help him out. There’s hardly enough screen time to shed light on their characters in the first place so this would’ve been a great chance to give them more breathing room to show their range as their characters. It felt as if this film was just a series of shorts folded into a larger story.
Because of each of the characters short screen time, there was not enough time to give them enough or even any kind of emotional arc. None of them have changed at all to how they were introduced at the beginning of the film.
It’s not the worst of their films but it’s not their best either. There were a few undeniable laughs and the film was made well but other then that, it seemed a little ridiculous. Let’s just hope for an improvement in the future.