Angel’s Review of ‘Hail, Caesar!’ (No Spoilers)

Movie Description: 

In the early 1950s, Eddie Mannix 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 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.


Angel’s Review: 

What did I just watch? I have no idea. Hail the Coen brothers? No. Not on this film. Hail, Caesar was a huge disappointment for me. I am actually pretty upset with how this movie turned out. I have recently watched The Big Lebowski for the first time and absolutely loved the unordinary story with memorable characters. It was hysterical and so much fun.

However, this film is the complete opposite. It was incredibly BORING. I feel so bad for saying that because I love being positive about movies, but I have to be honest. Within the first five minutes, my girlfriend (love of my life) turned to me and said, “What’s going on and what’s the point?” This was the entire theme of the movie for me. It was so bland and boring with no point from what I experienced. I go to the theater to watch a film for an experience that can make me think, feel, and reflect. All I could think during the film was “when is this movie going to end?!” There was only one character that I really enjoyed- the cowboy- but the rest were throwaways.

Why get a great cast including Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, and Channing Tatum and not utilize them for the great talent they can give? This film focused way too much on being a tribute for classic Hollywood. I appreciated that a lot, but because most of the focus was paying tribute to Hollywood, it really distracted from the movie. It wasn’t paying attention to the message it wanted to give. For example, a shot would be showing a musical rehearsal and I would think, okay I’ve seen enough of this dancing Channing Tatum, but it would go on and on when it literally had nothing to do with the story. Nothing. None of the different scenes that they paid attention to tied together in any way. It just showed different situations throughout the film that did not connect to give the movie any real meaning.

I really dislike that I’m giving this movie a negative review, but it’s because this movie was beyond boring with bland characters whom lacked depth and a confusing message. This is a film you really won’t ever have to see; you’ll just want your time back. Fail, Caesar! My rating for this film is 5/10.

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