What it's about:
Set in 1950s Hollywood, Eddie Mannix is Capital Pictures' head of physical production and is the studio fixer. His job is to maintain the clean reputation of the company and its stars. When Mannix is advised that studio star Baird Whitlock has disappeared after not showing up for work on the current production of "Hail Caesar, a Tale of Christ's Life", he initially believes Whitlock has been drinking. But, he receives a call from a group of communists who claim to have kidnapped the actor and want a ransom. When he is approached by an aviation company with an offer of a less-hectic, and rather lucrative, job, he must ultimately determine his true skills and passions.
What we thought:
in the 1950s was actually a ridiculous place. Studio bosses played matchmakers
and were such pro fixers they would probably put modern day Olivia Pope to
pregnancy news, to creating buzz around a star, to changing a Western cowboy
into a Brando of sorts. Arguable little has changed as modern Hollywood is just
as much a circus as in the good ol’ days. But still, it’s delightful to see it
all unfold in the Coen Brothers’ latest cinematic triumph.
Caesar! so brilliantly captures the tale of a Hollywood fixer who works
tirelessly to keep the studio's stars in line that it will have you stomping
your feet with fits of laughter.
Adam Sandler-toilet-humour and Zoolander-zaniness. Enough Zac Efron frat
parties and Seth Rogen fart jokes. Hail Caesar’s comedy is of the sophisticated
kind. Intelligent, delightful and thoroughly entertaining.
delivered with pizzazz and executed immaculately by a dream cast that never
once fails to impress.
Clooney, as Hollywood hunk Baird Whitlock, is seen throughout the film in his
Roman soldier tunic and caligae military
sandals with a sword strapped to his side. Despite having to do every scene in
a “skirt”, Clooney serves up a marvelous misfit of a silver screen star whilst
showing off his distractingly sexy legs.
Tap dancing Channing Tatum (Burt Gurney)
prances his pretty little butt off and his much-talked-about dance routine in
the film is not only a nostalgic ode to the past but also extremely
entertaining to watch unfold on the big screen.
Josh Brolin (Eddie Mannix), Scarlett Johansson
(DeeAnna Moran) and Tilda Swinton (Thora/Thessaly Thacker) each give stunning
performances that boosts the films tempo just when it starts to droop a bit.
ultimately Alden Ehrenreich as the ridiculously attractive cowboy, Hobie Doyle,
that steals the show. The 26-year-old star outshines the A-list cast in what
will undoubtedly be his big breakout role. With ridiculously impressive rope
tricks and a devilish James Dean smirk he hits each line with such perfect
comedic timing that you almost wish he was in every scene.
Caesar!, with its immaculate attention to detail, is definitely worth your time
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