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|Regie:||Joel & Ethan Coen|
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Hollywood in the early 1950s: Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) works as a problem solver for the big studio Capitol Pictures. If one of her starlets takes revealing pictures or one of the actors has had too much to drink, then Eddie is there to solve the problem before the tabloids know about it. But when Braid Whitlock (George Clooney), the studio's biggest star, is kidnapped in the middle of the production of the expensive Bible epic "Hail, Caesar! and a large ransom is demanded, it could be difficult for a professional like Mannix to keep this secret. The fact that he also has to deal with an angry director (Ralph Fiennes), who desperately wants Western hero Hobie Dolye (Alden Ehrenreich) to play the leading role in his latest drama and also has to prevent the two gossip reporters Thora and Thessaly Thacker (Tilda Swinton) from making an old scandal about Whitlock public, doesn't make things any easier. A tempting offer for a new job, a pregnant actress, a group of communists and the eternal temptation to smoke again despite the disappointed looks of his wife make sure that Mannix's abilities are particularly challenged on this day…
With "Hail, Caesar!"The Oscar winners Joel & Ethan Coen have staged a humorous homage to the Hollywood cinema of the 1950s. With a great cast of actors they look behind the scenes of the dream factory and take the show circus of vanities for a ride. The whole thing turns out wonderfully biting here and there in the usual Coen manner, but always remains loving as well. The film is not supposed to be a settlement with the studio system, but a winking declaration of love to the golden age of Hollywood. And there is a lot of chaos going on and at some moments the viewer may wonder what the whole thing is all about. But even if a deeper meaning doesn't necessarily open up, this comedy is still a lot of fun over long stretches.
Because in some scenes the Coen brothers are really in top form. If, for example, Mannix wants to be certified by representatives of different faiths that "Hail, Caesar! will not hurt the religious feelings of the audience, then this leads to a discourse between the representatives that is simply too great. The same applies to the scene in which a desperate director tries to teach the somewhat sluggish and marginally talented film cowboy to speak a simple sentence into the camera without any mistakes. Such moments, coupled with George Clooney's wonderfully self-ironic game and two wonderful performances by Channing Tatum (including a man's best jump on a submarine in the history of film), comfort you over a few rather lukewarm scenes.
When a subtle cleverness also flashes behind the gags, which sometimes border on slapstick, the film shows what genius it actually is. Yet, it's just these moments that make sure that in the end, besides the feeling of being extremely well entertained, there is also a little bit of disappointment. Because they make it clear that "Hail, Caesar!" could have been much more than "just" an amusing comedy about Hollywood. But that's truly a high level of whining. After all, the Coens deliver exactly what they so wonderfully celebrate here in their very own way: just under two hours of wonderful escapism from reality with a lot of old Hollywood flair in contemporary packaging. So cinema is fun - and that's why there's more than deserved point deductions with the smallest: Absolutely worth seeing!
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