Reminiscent of 'children in a candy store' with multiple, affectionately mounted pastiche adorning a thin plot that barely sustains them (was it ever meant to?) It feels very much like the filmmakers knew it was the first and last time they'd get to play with this particular dressing-up box. Nevertheless a stylish nod, if not homage, and everyone enters into the spirit of things.
Less the expected Coen-eze 'best laid plans' tale of woe - thankfully more of a reprieve, a kind of collective sigh and reaffirmation of classic Boffo!: Scarlett kills a Loretta Young impression. Clancy Brown finally finds the One God (religious leaders can't decide) - would that it twere always so simple. Capitol (Pictures) strikes a Commie star in anger, then repents. Tatum's "Swingin' Dinghy" is hard to beat.
Fantastic period details, and I enjoyed going through all the classic Hollywood genres. Otherwise not much to see here. Seems half-assed, tired, and disjointed, like no one cared if any of this made sense. But if there's a movie about old Hollywood, I will watch it, so when a pastiche is as well crafted as this in the visual sense, it's still fairly enjoyable. Tatum's sassy head turn was pretty great, too.
In this latest work by Coen Brothers, they made a satire inspired by the 1950's Hollywood industry. Of course like their other works, there's a lot of black comedy in here. Josh Brolin is great as "real-life" Eddie Mannix. Whose job is to control his actors/actress life inside and outside the studio. I love the comedy. I think it lacks of focus. It looks like Coen Brothers want to put all of things in HAIL, CAESAR...
I can appreciate the decent writing and the bits of golden-age reminiscent cinematography in this; but I was really struggling to get into the film. It felt pointless, and I quite frankly didn't care about any particular person I saw on screen with the exception of Hobie. I wouldn't call it bad, but there's nothing here for me that makes it that good either.