“Hail, Caesar!”

A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13

1 hour 45 minutes

Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, the Coen brothers’ eccentric satire “Hail, Caesar!” will still charm and delight you.

Josh Brolin’s quite a character as the studio troubleshooter. His job is to protect movie stars from getting into trouble, when they step out of line, use his imagination to cover it up.

The title “Hail, Caesar!” refers to the studio’s most ambitious religious epic starring George Clooney as a mediocre matinee idol by the name of Baird Whitlock.

Brolin resorts to whatever’s necessary to keep the public from finding out just how stupid Whitlock really is.

Where else would you get to hear Channing Tatum belt out a song in a questionable tribute to the musicals of that era?

“Hail, Caesar!” is often pulverizingly funny, especially when snooty director Ralph Fiennes tries to make a sophisticated leading man out of the studio’s cowboy star. Teaching him to speak the king’s English is among the film’s most memorable moments.

If you are old enough to remember Hollywood’s golden age, “Hail, Caesar!” is that much funnier.

The Coen Brothers have crafted a love letter with a pen dipped in toxic Ink. When they’re in top form as they are with “Hail, Caesar!” we give them a deserving 3 stars.

I say hail the Coen Brothers.

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