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Hail, Caesar!

Amy - AV July 29, 2016

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Hail, Caesar! starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, as well as appearances by several other big names, is a new comedy-drama by the Coen brothers.  This film was very hard to review because it’s one of those movies that leaves you scratching your head.  I can’t say whether I liked or disliked this movie.  The story follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Brolin) who works as a “fixer” for a major studio during Hollywood’s golden age.  When one of his movie stars goes missing (Clooney) he must deal with that, as well as a host of other unrelated issues such as a singing cowboy who can’t speak; an unwed, pregnant actress; and an uptight, testy director.  He’s also dealing with his own guilt over whether or not to change jobs to have more time with his family.  There is a lot going on in this movie which makes the story a bit hard to follow and, to some, may feel pointless.  The characters are likable however, which saved it for me, and there are a few quite bizarre and unexpected scenes that were really hilarious.  

Overall Rating:  C

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