Welcome to the fifth entry on the list for my most anticipated movies of the upcoming year. Hopefully, I am welcoming back readers from the introduction that was posted two days ago. I would like to thank all of the people who read that entry. It received a good viewing. I would also like to thank everybody who has read this page in the past month. I have received over 3,000 reads, which is incredible. Today, my fifth most anticipated movie of 2016 will be revealed. As a bit of a spoiler, I had to type this one out quickly since this movie is being released this very night. So without further hesitation, here is my fifth most anticipated movie of 2016.
#5: Hail, Caesar!
This movie looks incredibly funny. The premise behind the movie is a solid one with a perfect backdrop to support it. For those who have not heard of this movie, go watch the trailer for this movie. Directed by the Coen Brothers, this movie looks to be their best comedy since The Big Lebowski. One thing about movies I am eagerly excited for is that I avoid all critic reviews or any spoilers. I want to walk into a movie like this with a clean slate.
Why does this movie look fantastic? The first part of the answer to that question is the Coen Brothers. They have crafted numerous masterpieces in film (both comedies and dramas). There is not much that I can say about the Coen Brothers that others have not spewed before. Their filmography is a list of quality movies that are both critically and publically acclaimed by the masses. Filling their comedies with quotable lines, the Coen Brothers put a stamp on cinema culture as a whole rather simply making a movie. Hail, Caesar! looks to be a smart comedy, which is refreshing compared to the gag humor that most comedies depend on in modern times. If it were not for the Coen Brothers directing this movie, I would not be excited by it. Most comedies do not excite me or raise my interest. They normally place all of the best jokes in the trailer then force the audience to suffer through the simplest form of comedy. Meanwhile, this movie appears to not only be aiming to make the audience laugh, but serve as a throwback to an earlier time in cinema history. As a History major and a film lover, I can appreciate that.
Moving away from the men behind the camera to focus on the actors and actress who will be in front of them, the cast for this movie is an all-star lineup. Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlet Johannsson, Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum are all featured in this movie. That is an amazing cast to be in a Coen Brothers movie. Clooney seems to be playing an exaggerated version of himself in the 1950s, which is a humorous concept to begin with. His character is apparently kidnapped and Brolin has to lead the search for him. In the trailer, there are brief moments where Brolin is attempting to handle the situation and they appear to be playing out perfectly. Brolin is versatile as an actor, which gives more promise to his potential in this movie. His brief interactions with Johannsson in the trailer seem to setup comedy gold. The chemistry looks to be there between the actors that we have thus far. In my opinion, the best moment of this movie will be the scene with Hill and Johannsson. That looks to be a small moment that will command laughs throughout. While I could be wrong, I hope that I am not because that is the scene I am most excited for.
The premise of this movie is ridiculous enough where it will fit a comedy billing while not straying too far away from what the Coen Brothers normally produce (for comedies). A washed up actor struggling through a movie about Julius Caesar being kidnapped during filming is a concept that intrigues me. That concept would intrigue me if this movie was a drama. The movie should flow well and will provide a solid closing. Since the Coen Brothers are well-versed in making dramas as well as comedies, this bodes well for a solid ending. Often, great comedies sour by the end of the movie since the ridiculousness of the laughs has to tone down in order for some message of the movie to be present. I do not believe that this movie will have that form of letdown.
Why is this movie only ranked fifth on this list? Part of the rationale is that there are simply other movies that have me more amped to go see. While this movie does have me wanting to quit writing this thing as we speak so I can go out to see it now, comedies as a whole struggle to get me overly excited. Also, this is not a movie that ranks high on the desire to purchase two tickets for. Granted, part of that reason is because I do not believe my other will enjoy this movie whatsoever and I do not feeling like wasting money. However, the fact remains that the other four movies on this list I will have no problem about spending money for two tickets. I encourage all of you reading this to go out and see this movie. I believe that you will enjoy it thoroughly.
Since this movie does come out today, I will be seeing it either tonight or tomorrow night. Expect a post reviewing this movie in the next day or two. Will it be as good as I am saying it will be? Go find out for yourself this weekend and let me know what you thought of it. Tweet me @talkmoviestome to start a conversation about this movie or any other movie you are excited to see or have seen. If you enjoyed this entry, check out my other writings at moviepilot.com/talkmoviestome. While you are there, give me a follow. Thank you all for reading and I hope you return for my review of Hail, Caesar! and my fourth most anticipated movie of 2016.