Thursday, January 12, 2017

Best of '16: Hail, Caesar!

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Would that it were so simple.

I was genuinely concerned with the Coen brothers' newest movie was pushed to the movie graveyard of an early 2016 release. This usually means there is something wrong with the movie or a big star doesn't want it released to embarrass them and thus their award chances. After seeing the film, I can only guess that studio execs were simply taken aback by the brothers' return to silly comedy that hearkens back to their early career. I, for one, welcome the return. Llewyn Davis, True Grit, and A Serious Man were beautiful, slow-burning near-masterpieces, but this film channels the fun of O Brother, Barton Fink, and Raising Arizona. The movie is worth the watch if for only the scene referenced in the quote above where Ralph Fiennes stuffy British director struggles to get a young studio heartthrob to speak in a way befitting a "true" thespian. I truly believe future Coenites will look back on this one as an underrated gem.

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