Hail, Caesar!
First screened in March 2016
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen. Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Heather Goldenhersh, Max Baker, John Bluthal, Fred Melamed, Clancy Brown, Veronica Osorio, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Alison Pill, Robert Pike Daniel, Allan Havey, Robert Picardo, Aramazd Stepanian, Basil Hoffman, Fisher Stevens, Patrick Fischler, Tom Musgrave, David Krumholtz, Greg Baldwin, Patrick Carroll, Richard Abraham, Natasha Bassett, Michael Yama, Ming Zhao, Robert Trebor, Christopher Lambert, Geoffrey Cantor, Ian Blackman, Dennis Cockrum, Jon Daly, Emily Beecham, Jack Huston, Agyness Deyn, Mather Zickel, voice of Michael Gambon. Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen.

Twitter Capsule: Coens do Roy Andersson. Master narratives meted out in vignettes. Hollywood as stalled time, melancholic management.

Second Capsule: Still admire it but catch myself making excuses, too. It should be funnier. Bigger surprise: it should look better.

VOR:   Coens imprimatur either serves the movie, drawing benefit of the doubt amid its weaker passages, or hurts it, making this odd, thoughtful, layered movie seem "minor."



Photo © 2016 Universal Pictures/Working Title Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B


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