In the early 1950s, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is busy at work trying to solve all the problems of the actors and filmmakers at Capitol Pictures. His latest assignments involve a disgruntled director, a singing cowboy, a beautiful swimmer and a handsome dancer.
As if all this wasn’t enough, Mannix faces his biggest challenge when Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) gets kidnapped while in costume for the swords-and-sandals epic “Hail, Caesar!” If the studio doesn’t pay $100,000, it’s the end of the line for the movie star.
“Storm” – It is what it is and what it is, I’m not quite sure. The story doesn’t come together as coherently as I’m sure the Coen’s would have liked. Multiple entertaining moments but due to pacing issues they get lost in excessive dialog. Pro’s include a star studded cast and beautiful cinematography. 4.5/10
“The Chairman” – Ah, the Coen Brothers….you have created an enigma here. A movie with excellent performances, but a plot so taxing that it can be compared to building a ship with matchsticks.
It will leave you conflicted and mildly disappointed, but this is a beautifully made movie thanks to the exploits of Roger Deakins (Director of Cinematography); and the quirky storytelling that makes the Coen Brothers famous.
I was asked to describe what I saw in terms of a Coen Brothers’ movie. My response, “it’s somewhere between ‘Ladykillers’ and ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’”.
If you are not a fan of the Coen Brothers, you should avoid this movie at all costs. However, if you are a fan of their movies, then their take on 1950’s Hollywood and how a studio operates on a day-to-day basis will interest you…with great and unexpected cameos. 6.5/10
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