“There are the serious Coen brothers movies, like “No Country for Old Men” and, um, “A Serious Man,” and there are the not-so-serious ones. “Hail, Caesar!” is the opposite of their serious ones, and it is delightful!”—Ty Burr, Boston Globe. “A giddy technicolor love letter to Hollywood’s golden age, Hail, Caesar! isn’t the Coen brothers’ first ’50s set-piece, or even their first movie about movies. It’s Coen lite, basically, but still filled with their best signatures: cracked humor, indelible characters, and cinematography so rich and saturated you want to dunk a cookie in it. The only thing missing is a good bloody murder. Josh Brolin stars as Eddie Mannix, a studio fixer with a lot to fix: His leading man (George Clooney) has been kidnapped by Communists, his prize mermaid (Scarlett Johansson) is knocked up, and the company cowboy (Alden Ehrenreich) needs to learn how to straddle a new role, stat. Plus there’s a conniving pair of twin gossip columnists (Tilda Swinton, double-dipped) to contain, fussy directors to pacify, and a “civilian” job offer that could take Eddie away from it all”—Entertainment Weekly. “A comedy, and a scintillating, uproarious one, filled with fast and light touches of exquisite incongruity in scenes that have the expansiveness of relaxed precision, performed and timed with the spontaneous authority of jazz”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker. PG-13. 106 Min.
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