Hail, Caesar! is yet another film brought to us from the fabulously talented Coen brothers. Directed and written by both Ethan and Joel Hail, Caesar! tells the story of, well Hail, Caesar! Or the story of a film production company, Capitol Pictures, producing the title.
The film stars heavyweights like George Clooney as the unsuspecting and easily susceptible superstar actor Baird Whitlock, Josh Brolin as the fast talking, fast moving production company "fixer", Eddie Mannix; Ralph Fiennes as the posh, well spoken linguistic director, Laurence Laurentz, and many others like Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Alden Ehrenreich, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Tilda Swinton.
The film focuses on the daily life of Mannix and the constant tedium and endless tasks that go into ensuring the safety and well-being of not only the production of multiple pictures, but also the stars. This is put to the test when Whitlock is abducted and held for ransom by a group only identifying themselves as "The Future" The film however doesn't make this the absolute focal point for the entire run-time. As stated earlier, the film tells the story of Eddie's daily work life, thus it also tells the other tasks that he must endure. Dealing not only with the lead actor of the biggest picture of the century being kidnapped, but also dealing with a pregnancy scare in one of his lead actresses(Johansson), an actor that just simply isn't cut for drama(Ehrenreich), two Hollywood journalists(Swinton), and trying to cope with his home life as well.
The film fast paced, without feeling rushed, and it feels like just enough time is given to each scene to let the story in each play out, while not letting it take too long. The colours in the film are especially brilliant as in every second, it almost feels like you're looking at a painting, twenty-four paintings if we want to be literal. The acting is top notch, as can be expected with the batting list the film has, and the writing is stellar, as only the Coen brothers can give us.
In short. Yes.