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Hail, Caesar!
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06.14.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Joel & Ethan Coen

Actors:
George Clooney
Channing Tatum
Josh Brolin

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A harried studio exec (Josh Brolin) must locate the star (George Clooney) of his latest production, who's been kidnapped by a mysterious group known as "The Future."
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Critics were way too hard on HAIL, CAESAR! when it came out this winter. Maybe people were expecting another TRUE GRIT or NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, but it was clear from the trailers that this was the Coen Bros having fun, just like they did in movies like BURN AFTER READING and THE LADYKILLERS.

Whatever you think of this, it's clear the Coens made exactly the kind of movie they wanted to, and I for one had a blast with it. One of my guilty pleasures is watching old studio movies on TCM, so to me this pushed all the right buttons. Josh Brolin seems to be channeling Coen regular Jon Polito as Eddie Mannix, who was a real-life fixer for MGM, (but far less kind than he is here). The story is a big goof, with Clooney's lunk-headed star being kidnapped by communists. It's just an excuse for everyone to have fun, with Channing Tatum stealing the show as a Gene Kelly-style hoofer, and Alden Ehrenreich doing so well as cowboy star Hobie Doyle that it helped land him a star-minting part as the young Han Solo in the upcoming spin-offs.
THE EXTRAS
The Coens have never had much enthusiasm for special features, hence the lack of an audio commentary. Instead the movie comes bundled with a DVD and digital copy along with a few modest featurettes.

Directing Hollywood: Right out of an EPK, here the stars spend about four minutes talking about how amazing it is working for The Coens. Are they a little too massive for such a fluffy puff piece?

The Stars Align: Still EPK level, but at least this one, at just over ten minutes, is a bit more comprehensive, looking at the fun cast of characters and the mega-stars who play them, some in very tiny, but effective, parts.

An Era of Glamour : All about the production design and the way it was meant to evoke old Hollywood.

Magic of a Bygone Era: This is the most noteworthy featurette, showing how two of the musical numbers, including Channing Tatum's show-stopper, "No Dames" were put together.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While not one of the better Coen Brothers movies, HAIL CAESAR is still tons of fun as far as second-tier Coen outings go. There are enough good laughs to make this an easy recommendation for a rental and hardcore Old Hollywood fans will no doubt want to add this to their collection. Would that it were so simple!
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