Release Date: 12 July 2016
Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes
Lights. Camera. Abduction. Other than inevitable quirkiness, you can never be quite sure what you’re going to get from a new Coen brothers flick, and Hail, Caesar! sees them revisiting Barton Finkterritory.
It isn’t a sequel, but it does orbit around the fictitious Capitol Pictures some 10 years later. Yes, it’s the 1950s, and the studio is sent into a tailspin when their megastar Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) disappears from the set of their new Roman epic. Luckily, however, they have a prototype Ray Donovan on their payroll in Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). From columnists to Communists, he has a lot to “fix”. Throw in a singing cowboy, a hyper-coloured Esther Williams homage, a big-arse submarine and other off-kilter Coen imaginings, and Hail, Caesar! confounds and captivates in equal measures.