in about 100 words or less
US 106m, Colour
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen; Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum
A wry comedy about the Golden Age of Hollywood, Hail, Caesar! is a fictional account of Eddie Mannix, a “fixer” for Capitol Pictures, who keeps their stars out of trouble and his movie productions on-track. As one of his many problems, Mannix must locate a leading man who has gone missing during an expensive “sword and sandal” production. With plenty to parody, the Coen’s cover a lot of ground, but fail to dig into the film’s many subplots which, unfortunately, are left underdeveloped (Klaus Ming June 2016).