I really liked this movie, but that didn't seem to be the opinion of everyone in the audience. I must say that I am a huge fan of the Coens' films, with "Inside Llewyn Davis", "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", and "Burn After Reading" being among my favorites. That being said, "Hail, Caesar!" ranked about in the middle of the line, above ones such as "True Grit", "A Serious Man", and "Intolerable Cruelty". Don't get me wrong, I love "True Grit" and all of the other ones that rank lower on the list, but the top ones charmed me with their humor, performances, and more above the others.
The performances in "Hail, Caesar" were great. The already great Josh Brolin, who had proved his worth in films such as "No Country for Old Men" again showed just how good he was. George Clooney was also great, delivering a hilarious, believable performance. Alden Ehrenreich delivered the most surprising performance in the film, playing a likable, funny character. The other actors in the film were great too, but I really feel that many of the actors' significances were overplayed in the advertisements.
The writing is quite possibly the best part of the film. The plot is not exactly what you expect from the trailers, but exactly what you would expect from the Coen Brothers. The dialogue is witty. There are some conspicuous jokes that are hilarious, but the most funny parts in the movie are the subtle juxtapositions. As expected, the cinematography is great. The film really feels like a period piece because of the extravagant cinematography and production design. The best parts are the films-within-the-film, which change their cinematography to pay homage to the film era which they are portraying.
Overall, this movie was not exactly what I expected, but exactly what I wanted, and it joins the rest of the Coen Brothers films in the list of my favorites.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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