Saturday July 4, 2020

Film: Coens fail to convince with homage to the Golden Age

Hail, Caesar! is a slippery thing that defies easy categorisation

6th March, 2016
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George Clooney in Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!; Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen; Nationwide, 12A; Rating: ***

Hitchcock/Truffaut; Directed by Kent Jones; IFI, no cert; Rating: *****

The new film from the Coen Brothers, Hail, Caesar! is a slippery thing that defies easy categorisation, which is another way of saying it’s not about what it appears to be about. Ostensibly a frantic comedy about Hollywood’s Golden Age, the coming and goings of the Coen’s goofball characters disguises...

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