Today marks the release of the Coen Brothers' new film [Hail, Caesar!](tag:1199743), and let us not forget that today is February 5th. We're barely into the year and we already have a film by the critically praised directing duo. This is odd. The majority of films made by these two are usually solid Oscar candidates, but most (if not all) films that are looking to make a push for the Oscar race usually wait until Spring at the earliest to get a head start on the race. January and February (for whatever reason) are usually the months where studious tend to release their worst films. Most films with a release date in this span are usually doomed to failure. Yet here we are, talking about Hail, Caesar!
Hail, Caesar! is a day-in-the-life fictional film about the so-called golden age of cinema in the fifties. It stars Josh Brolin as a fictionalized version of a studio executive, Eddie Mannix, who is a "fixer" responsible for keeping celebrities' public images clean. It is a very funny film that is executed in classic Coen brothers style with a little bit of wackiness. The standout of the film in my opinion is definitely Alden Ehrenreich who plays an actor who relies on his good looks and physicality rather than his acting skills and that leads to some very hilarious moments. Overall it's a good movie that probably could've earned itself at the very least a few Golden Globe nominations if it had been released in the fall or winter, but like I said, they don't seem to care about awards.
Now you may be asking why I keep saying that they don't care about accolades. Well it's because they said it! Recently you may have seen the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite referring to the lack of minorities being represented in the Oscars. Well they were recently asked about their stance on the matter and responded with the following:
[That’s] assigning way too much importance to the awards. By making such a big deal, you’re assuming that these things really matter. I don’t think they even matter much from an economic point of view. So yes, it’s true—and it’s also true that it’s escalating the whole subject to a level it doesn’t actually deserve. Diversity’s important. The Oscars are not that important.
Now, I understand that them saying that the Oscars aren't important is in the context of the racial conversation, but that mindset echoes true in their careers. Think about it. Much like Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers march to the beat of their own drum. They don't stick to a simple Oscar bait formula. They bring out great performances from their cast, they are brilliant writers who can direct as well which is insanely tough to do at the same time. Lastly, they released this film today! They just don't care. They're going to do what they want to do when they want to do it, and nine times out of ten, it's going to be damn good. They do what they love regardless of whether or not they are going to receive awards and I respect the hell out of that.
Overall, Hail, Caesar! is an excellent ode to the golden age of Hollywood, that at the same time isn't beholden to the current climate of dissatisfaction. It's definitely worth the watch and I highly recommend it. Check out Hail, Caesar! in theaters now!