I love Spielberg, Scorcese, Tarantino, Fincher and a hundred more.
But with every new film, I wonder if the Coen Brothers have been my unconscious favorites all along.
Who has a range as wide and a level of delivery like this:
O BROTHER! WHERE ART THOU?
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
THE HUDSUCKER PROXY
I can’t think of anyone. Which brings us to their newest, HAIL, CAESAR!
It’s about studio head Eddie Mannix as he runs around 1950s Hollywood, trying to keep things on track. That’s it.
I know it may sound like a slight to say it’s minor-Coen Brothers, but for me that’s just what I like about it. It’s not heavy, not fantastically ambitious, has a strange wrap up, but is just so much fun.
Watching the Coens run Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and more through their paces is like watching a great athlete just mess around between big games. The stakes might not be high, but it’s still a thing of beauty to see.