If there’s something I like more than watching movies is watching movies about the movie industry. So, Hail, Caesar!
Story’s like this: “Head of Physical Production” Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) works to keep the good image of the stars from the studio he works for.
Main star of the studio, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped by a group of Communist screenwriters who call themselves “The Future”, while the “aquatic” star DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) is pregnant and not very interested in marrying the father of her child. In the meantime, twin sisters and gossip columnist Thora Thacker and Thessaly Thacker (both played by Tilda Swinton) are threaning Eddie with going public with some weird story about the studio’s star Baird Whitlock.
But Eddie Mannix has yet another challenge: he has to promote western movie star Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) into becoming a romantic comedy leading man. His job is even more difficult because of director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes) who totally disapproves of Hobie.
Many things happen in the life of Mr. Eddie Mannix. Even Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and Jonah Hill happen. And to us, viewers, there’s a delightfully comic course of events that’s not exactly what you would expect from a Coen brothers movie.
The cast is beautiful, brilliantly chosen for a story set in the post-war Hollywood, when movie stars dated because the studio said so, when western movies were among the greatest things and musicals were that breath of fresh air that everybody wanted. It’s like the greatest time in the history of cinema receives a letter from the 21st century.
With a touch of religion, politics controversy and some cinema history references, Hail, Caesar! is a reminder that there’s always a ‘backstage’ in Hollywood.
I think the movie is a hint that sometimes Hollywood gets nostalgic about how things used to happen ‘back then’. But, at the same time, it feels relieved that things have changed. Keep the old cause it’s gold, but there’s always gonna be something new.
Hail, Caesar! is brought to Romania by Ro Image, starting February 19.