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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Well this was a strange movie.

It didn't take place in Rome at all (as I'd expected), but instead on not just one but many sets of a movie, where one day Baird Whitlock (George Cloony) is kidnapped by communists. Eddie Mannix is pondering a job within the aviation business, Hobie Doyle is an upcoming star, and DeeAnna Moran needs someone to take care of her kid so she can adopt it back. Things are happening in Hollywood, and it's up to Eddie to make sure they happen right... even if he doesn't always seem like a possible protagonist. Channing Tatum has a small role too, and we flicker between scenes and events with a well-paced speed that seems calm, but rarely gets dull.

Invigorating screenplays and dances drift alongside the plot, which is really pretty random. It feels like they're trying to say something, but in the end I can't quite figure it out, and it's not the kind of comedy you can laugh at. It's a kind where you can't help but be entertained, though, and admire the one thing it has that Hollywood rarely does nowadays: class.

It's refreshing. Different. Not comedy I'd call comedy (maybe tall comedy?), but entertaining and thoughtful. It's a movie that binds together flashes of the past: film, ideals, faith, relations, and shows us some of the more iconic characters of those old days in a different light. It's a show, a story, and a glimpse behind the scenes at the same time.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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