The Coen brothers are back with ‘Hail, Caesar!’


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The official poster for ‘Hail, Caesar!’the Coen brothers’ latest masterpiece.

Lucas Rosen, Video Editor

Since 1984, the Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel Coen, have been writing and directing films, many of which are considered cult classics. Some of their most well-known movies are The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men and O Brother, Where Art Thou? On Feb. 5, they released their newest film, Hail, Caesar!

Most of the Coens’ works are dramas or comedies, and Hail, Caesar! is most definitely a comedy. Ethan and Joel Coen have a strong sense of humor, and they even implement some jokes into their dramas. As for their comedies, they often have scenes so outrageous that they are bound to get a laugh out of anyone. Hail, Caesar! is no exception to this and it has several scenes that are memorable for their humor.

The film is about a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, played by Josh Brolin, who works at Capitol Pictures movie studio. He is a fixer, someone who has to keep the often less-than-pleasant private lives of stars away from the public. Mannix has to deal with an actress who is pregnant and does not know who the father is, an actor who is having trouble doing another genre, and even the studio’s biggest star being kidnapped by a group that calls themselves “The Future.” After all, it’s not a Coen film unless it involves a kidnapping or a ransom.

The movie’s cast includes many stars, such as Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum. Performances are great, especially from Brolin and from Alden Ehrenreich, who plays a cowboy-turned-actor.

Much like other Coen brothers’ films, Hail, Caesar! is filled with interesting and amusing characters. Tilda Swinton plays twin sisters Thora and Thessaly Thacker, who are journalists for dueling newspapers. Ralph Fiennes plays a director named Laurence Laurentz. Frances McDormand plays C.C. Calhoun, a chain-smoking film editor who works in a cramped room.

In a similar vein to The Big Lebowski, the movie has an anticlimactic ending. It sort of seems to fade away and then end. There is no major battle or revelation, as typical audiences would expect. This is an unorthodox way of wrapping up the plot, but it makes sense because after all, Hail, Caesar! is simply about a day in Mannix’s life, and there are no flashy endings in life.

Ethan and Joel Coen pull through yet again with Hail, Caesar!, which is worth watching for anyone who is looking for a good laugh.