By Emily Vause
I went to watch Hail, Caesar! purely on a whim with no knowledge of what it was about nor who was in it, with the exception of Channing Tatum, therefore I had no expectations prior to seeing the film. If I’d had expectations however, I think they would have been surpassed. Hail, Caesar! is one of the most random, yet funniest, films I have seen in a long time. The movie is centred on the kidnapping of Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) and the general struggles running a Hollywood studio in the 1950s.
One of the main surprises the film held for me was the vast amount of actors I recognised; Scarlet Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, and of course, as mentioned earlier, Clooney and Tatum. The star-studded cast was definitely a perk however it was the performance of an actor who I didn’t know so well, that of Alden Ehrenreich, that impressed me the most. Ehrenreich convincingly portrays a wannabee actor who just cannot act while also giving a stunning performance in that role, very paradoxical.
Hail, Caesar! seems to have achieved more negative reviews than positive overall on the internet from people going to see the film expecting a masterpiece however that is not the aim of the film. Hail, Caesar! is both a spoof and an ode to past films, particularly water ballets, westerns and biblical adaptations. Many reviewers missed that point. If you need some light entertainment and a few laughs head down to the cinema and catch this one, it’s not a masterpiece but it is hilarious.
Although I recommend it for a number of reasons, if there is anything you watch it for let it be Tatum’s somewhat homoerotic tap dance sequence, it had the whole cinema in stitches.
Image from Hail, Caesar! website