by Shelbie Condie
Ethan and Joel Coen are at it again. Their latest film, Hail, Caesar!, illustrates the shenanigans of the movie business. The Coen brothers’ film showcases an array of actors and actresses, such as Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansen, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum, just to name a few. The cast gels together as impressively as George Clooney’s hair, which he dyes darker to depict Baird Whitlock, a prominent actor with a restless and wild attitude.
This Michael Gambon narrative flares with wit and character comedy. It’s a periodic piece, taking place in the 1950s, and depicts a behind-the-scenes glance into showbiz. The development of the main character, Eddie Mannix, otherwise the production manager of Capitol Pictures, progresses smoothly as he infers the peaks and valleys of his situation. The plot illustrates the Communist party’s rise in the making of pictures during this time frame, in addition to, amusingly depicting the different popular genres of the 1950s: westerns, musicals, and historic adaptations. Furthermore, the visuals are vibrant and sharp. In its simplest form, this film is about a film within a film. For any fan of vintage Hollywood glamour, Hail, Caesar! is a priceless, charming, commie piece.
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