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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hail, Caesar! (spoilers)

A wonderful send up of everything Hollywood once held dear,  this movie satirizes religion, politics, social mores and, of course, the movie industry itself.  It's a combination of social commentary and gentle humor.

The story is set in Hollywood in the 1950's.   Eddie  Mannix (Josh Brolin) runs the studio. He has to deal with various movies and their stars.

Actor Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is in the middle of filming an religious epic set in 1st Century Rome (shades of "The Robe" with a little "Ben Hur" thrown in for good measure) , when he is kidnapped, in full costume, and brought  to a beach house by a group of Communist writers.

Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) is a singing cowboy (Gene Audry?   Roy Rogers?)  terribly miscast in an erudite, Noel Coward-ish film directed by Laurence Laurenz (Ralph Fiennes).

Hobie has a date for his movie premier with Carlotta Valdez (Veronica Osorio), clearly a Carmen Miranda type.

Then there's DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johannson) an Esther Williams type with a Loretta Young problem.

Tilda Swinto plays gossip columnist Thora Thacker, and also her sister, gossip columnist Thessaly Thacker.

And then there'sa send up of "On the Town", with Burt Geurney (Channing Tatum) dressed as a sailor, doing a Gene Kelly-like song and dance.

Wonderfully funny movie.  Definitely worth seeing.


bookworm said...

I rarely go to the movies - this movie had already interested me through its trailers. I will wait until it hits Amazon Prime or Netflix and see it then. Until then (not being a huge fan of Hollywood), I will ponder what a "Loretta Young" problem is. Yes, I'm old enough to remember her. And no, please don't tell me. Alana

songbird's crazy world said...

LOL, I won't spoil it for you.

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