Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
Hail, Caesar!
Released:  February 1, 2016
“Hail, Caesar!” can go to hail.  This was a complete bust by the brothers - The Coen Brothers as directors are not infallible, and occasionally can go a film too far.  I love the Coen Brothers and some of my all-time favs are from the Coen Brothers.  Allow me to share:  Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O, Brother, Where Art Thou?, No County For Old Men, Burn After Reading, and their latest Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013.
I wanted to give them their props before I rip ‘em for this pile of junk.  The Brothers, Joel and Ethan, tried to get too cute with this movie about a guy who fixes things for actors/actresses in the heyday of the 1950’s when the studios ran the film industry with an iron fist and could make an arrest or an unwanted pregnancy disappear.   And the Communist were lurking in the background.  Gosh, it sounds funny; maybe intriguing, but not only was it not funny in a Coen-Brothers kind-of-way, but it was not even entertaining.  Dare I say dull?
I considered walking out of theatre #19 at AMC First Colony, but I didn’t have the guts to walk a Coen Brothers movie.  I should’ve, but I feared a face-saving “Hail Mary” scene at the end to win the day, but instead I got “Hail, Caesar!” 
Here’s some good news:  the film is only 106 minutes.  How did the Coen Brothers screw up a movie with a cast of their friends: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton (playing twins), Frances McDormand (Joel’s wife), Jonah Hill, and Channing “Freakin” Tatum?  That’s a question so here’s the answer:  bad script by….The Coen Brothers.  There’s only one big winner and that’s Alden Ehrenreich, age 26, who played a inane cowboy actor, Hobie Doyle, and now that I think about this film, and that’s a painful process, his character was the funniest, wittiest of the lot.  Thanks Alden.
If you are a Coen Brothers fan, you have to see this film; I understand.  I’d like to hear from you.  Surely, I’m not the only one who thinks this was a stinker.  Have fun as the excitement of the Oscars is getting close – February 28th.  Rock ‘n Roll.
Grade 69.  Larry H.
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