The Coen Brothers (The Big Lebowski, Fargo) have done it again in their newest feature film, Hail, Caesar! The film follows studio "fixer" Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) as he tries to solve problems happening at the fictional Capitol Pictures.
It's sure to be one of the funniest movies of the year, but if you're skeptical, here's some reasons why you should check out the film!
1. Hollywood makes fun of itself!
Who doesn't love seeing movies within a movie? We heard you like movies, so we put some movies in your movies so you can watch while you watch. (I saw my chance and I had to take it, outdated jokes and all.)
The film does a fantastic job of providing insight into the still-relevant problems film makers and actors face, in a beautifully filmed classic setting. We get to see actor-director banter, pesky reporters, and troublesome starlets in a funny and glamorized setting.
2. It's got tons of actors breaking their typecasts.
Now I'm sure you've greatly anticipated Channing Tatum tap dancing, but he's not the only one breaking some typecasts!
George Clooney - usually a leading man - plays Baird Whitlock, who is somewhat of an all-looks-no-brain type character. Whitlock literally ends up getting some sense smacked into (or out of?) him. (Mannix is pretty slap happy. It's a wonderful scene. 10/10 would recommend.)
Alden Ehrenreich - usually in more serious roles - plays a Western action star with little experience in speaking roles. His scene in the trailer with director Lawrence Laurentz (Ralph Kinnes) is his first time speaking in a film. Hilarity ensues.
And, of course...Channing Tatum tap dancing. Okay, so we mentioned him earlier. But look at him go! Try and tell me that you've seen enough of this. Then laugh at that ridiculous idea, as you enjoy watching Tatum majestically glide on tables.
3. It's the perfect tribute to Old Hollywood...with a twist.
The movie's obviously a giant reference to Old Hollywood, starring Modern Hollywood. There's something so ironically delicious about seeing the ups, the downs and the gossip play out on screen.
Despite its obvious homage to specific Hollywood tropes (the religious blockbuster, the Western star, the seemingly-perfect starlet), the movie will throw you for a loop.
The plot unfolds in a quirky, unique way that is so appreciated in today's comedic style. You may even find the movie turns you red with excitement - is that a plot hint? Well, you'll have to watch to find out!
4. It's got some of the nicest cinematography of the year.
It's a film nerd's dream, every scene reads beautifully both verbally and visually. I'm talkin' about that mise-en-scene, if you know what I mean!
It's rare that a movie is so masterfully written and shot. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this film for the art that it is, and try not to laugh. I dare you, I double dog dare you. Speaking of laughing...
5. It's got some of the best comedic acting you've ever seen.
Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich banter like nobody's business in this trailer! If you enjoyed this scene, you'll enjoy the rest of the movie's style of comedy.
Seriously - not only do the actors keep hilarious scenes flowing, you'll find yourself forgetting you're watching actors pretending to be actors! That's A-list acting for you!
Hail, Caesar! is funny and beautiful in ways we don't often see enough in Hollywood. The entire film feels just like a farce/satiric play. It's witty, funny and exciting to watch.