Year: 2016 Director: The Coen Brothers
There are in my mind at least two types of Coen pictures. The ones with tightly wound plots and thrilling suspense. Fargo, No Country, TRrue Grit, Miller’s Crossing. Then there’s the shaggy dog movies, where what passes for a plot ambles along as a peg on which to hang snappy dialogue, goofy characters and exercises in style. Lewbowski, O Brother! Have their mcguffins, but surely it’s the other stuff where the true enjoyment lies. It’s fair to say that Hail Ceasar belongs in the second, in fact it’s their most extreme baggy movie to date. Ostensibly it’s a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, studio boss of Capitol Pictures in the late forties/early fifties, as he negotiates the many trials that errant stars, demanding directors and ungrateful writers put him through. In practice the film throws out plots at seemingly random intervals, some of which turn out to be fairly important, others are discarded or resolved abruptly offstage. What perhaps passes for a main plot – the kidnapping of George Clooney’s Kirk Douglas-esque leading man during the filming of a biblical epic, turns out to be a surprisingly mellow experience for George as » Continue Reading.