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This Weekend At The Movies | Hail, Ceaser

“This Weekend At The Movies” is a weekly breakdown of all the movies hitting theaters. The goal is to help you know what movies will be worth your time and which ones should be delegated to Redbox. No hardcore critics here, just guys that understand what it takes to make a great film (great writers, a humble director, an experienced DP, moldable actors, just enough money, enough production time, and an army of dedicated crew members). So we are your faithful movie caddies that account for all the “movie variables” to help you know what you should see and what you should ignore.

This Weekend At The Movies | Nostalgia Was Never So Sweet

Welcome, you made it, it’s Friday!

This weekend at the movies can be summed up in one word, nostalgia. Hollywood LOVES nostalgia. Every year there is a movie about making movies and this year seems to be no different. The good news? “Hail, Caesar” is the movie that all those other movies wished they had been. Previous endeavors were head nods to the academy and film nerds like me. This weekend we have a movie that not only gives a head nod but singlehandedly might make the 50s cool again. (insert Donald Trump joke about making America Great again)

Hail, Ceaser

Director:Coen Brothers(O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Budget: $22 million

Plotline:

Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a Hollywood “fixer” helping the production of the film Hail Caesar, starring famous actor Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). When a drugged Whitlock is kidnapped by a group named The Future, Mannix is the one in charge of collecting $100,000 and rescuing him.[2]

Bottomline:

A few names before we dive in: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum. Along with the Coen Brothers it would seem we have listed the rosters of six movies not one. But no, this is one film….

Dangling a star studded cast in a nostalgic period film complete with musical numbers as bait would normally never make my list of “must sees.” But this one, I believe, will be different.

Here’s why:
1. There was only a $22 million budget for this film. The only way to get actors of this caliber to sign on to such a under funded film would be if the script sold it self. I am 99% sure that each actor read their part for this film and they jumped in with no questions asked. That’s a good sign.

Consider this a blockbuster passion piece. #ItMustBeNice

2. The Coen Brothers are geniuses. Really that’s it. With “Hail, Ceaser” is in the same lane as “O Brother,” there is no reason to believe the dynamic duo will not hit a homerun here!

Here’s the point: This movie will be good for some and great for others. For the film nerds and those that wish to live in the golden post-war 50s then you will fall in love with this film. For those that think Michael Bay is at the top of the game, then well, you should catch this one on redbox.

Rating:Theater