Lights, camera, action! The Coen brothers’ latest effort takes us back to the 1950s – the golden age of Hollywood. Shot using film, the colour carries a nostalgic golden glow, lending a real atmosphere to the film however it is far from sickly sweet.
We follow ‘fixer’ Eddie Mannix through the trials and tribulations of life looking after movie stars and film directors, namely, when lead actor, Baird Whitlock, lead in the studio’s most crucial film, is kidnapped.
The plot is very simple, something which could easily have gone very wrong and made for a weak and boring narrative. However, pair this with sharp humour, mix in plenty of satire, a dash of flashy dance numbers and serve with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and you are on to a winner.
Hail, Caesar! celebrates Hollywood’s golden era while simultaneously parodying it. It is rare that a satire can also be such a ‘feel-good’ film but this truly is. The appearances from the likes of George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum felt almost like cameos, with each character comprising of a seperate issue in Mannix’s day, and all based on their different sets.
However, it is this quality that balances on the fine line of satire; you can’t help but feel that with such big names these actors are playfully mocking their own industry and role in it.
Deceptively simple, yet incredibly clever and entertaining, Hail, Caesar! is quite simply a lot of fun.