The Coen brothers movies seem to be hit or miss for me. I really enjoy True Grit and O Brother, Where Art Thou? but don’t like the rest of their movies that I’ve seen. I was intrigued by Hail, Caesar! though, and watched it over the weekend.
Hail, Caesar! is set in Hollywood during the 1950s, when many claim the studios owned everything. It is an interesting look at what it would have been like behind the scenes of the studios who produced some of the lavish, beautiful movies people still talk about today. It shouldn’t be a surprise that all was not perfect.
The cast includes George Clooney as one of the studios big stars, Josh Brolin as the studio “fixer” (the one who has to try to fix all the issues), Scarlett Johansson as a not-so-innocent star, and (of course) Frances McDormand in a cameo appearance.
One of the most interesting things to me about Hail, Caesar! is that it is by far the least violent Coen brothers movie I’ve watched. That’s a refreshing change for them. It was also funny and entertaining. I would recommend this movie, especially to anyone who enjoys the ’50s Hollywood era.