You sit there watching the Coen Bros‘ Hail, Caesar!, and you think to yourself – this is cool – they love old Hollywood, I love old Hollywood, they’re totally doing right by old Hollywood, and as the movie snappily moves along, you start to realize that nothing is really going on, and you’ve laughed MAYBE twice during this comedy, and by the time that Joel & Ethan’s name appear on screen to kick off the end credits, you start to question what in the film is there to actually hail?
It seems like the Coen Bros invested more time on casting, or OVER-casting (Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Alison Pill, Christopher Lambert, Fred Melamed, Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, Alex Karpovsky, Clancy Brown, Robert Picardo, Dolph Lundgren and Michael Gambon‘s voice), than they did trying to construct a fluid movie. They have ideas – WAY too many of them – and they’d maybe work if they were short films, but together as one long film – it’s juss a bunch of loving valentines with no heart
What I don’t REALLY understand, like I also didn’t REALLY understand with Inside Llewyn Davis, is if this stuff is based on real–life stuff, then why do the Coen Bros bother to fictionalize it into fluff? They would be better off actually making a movie about the real players, instead of trying to impress us with their impressions. It’s a waste of their talents, and a waste of our time
I mean, they obviously put a lot of thought into the movie, but I juss didn’t think too much of it. Less is more. They needed less of most of it, and more Alden Ehrenreich. He gets a hail + the sets + Josh Brolin’s tuff gruff + the double dip of Tilda Swinton
Trumbo captured a similar time and themes in Hollywood, but it lacked the professional polish the Coen Bros gave Caesar. Maybe the Coen Bros should have made Trumbo, instead of trying to make a movie that makes you feel like a sad trombone after watching it
Hail YEAH!!: it’s been awhile since we highlighted some movie hotties. so here’s two that need hailing!!!
Verdictgo: Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badgers
Caesar is a mixed salad today at a theater near jews
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…