Hail, Caesar! Thursday, 09 July 2020

Hail, Caesar!

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Earns a mirthless chuckle.

  • Starring:

    Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh, Alison Pill, Max Baker

  • Directed by:

    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are kidnapped, slapped, whipped (theatrical), shot (theatrical), drugged, hit with objects, near-choked, pushed. Photo of atomic bomb blast. Objects smashed. Raised voices, yelling. Film scenes show actors cast as slaves, crucified men. Crucifixion, Bikini Atoll, H-bomb, prison time, hitting that pedestrian [with a car] mentioned. Blood/gore: Statue of crucified man with slashed side and bleeding wounds. Scar.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Bum slapping. Skimpy costumes, swimwear, shirtless men, cleavage. References to homosexuality. Statue of bare legs with fig leaf covering genital area. Womanising, sodomy mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man drinks a spiked beverage. Cocktails, spirits. Intoxication, narcotic use mentioned. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe). Actors in movie scenes hold goblets/glasses/bottles of wine, champagne, beer. Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    1950s Hollywood, filmmaking, communism, confession, directing, scandal, drink spiking, science, philosophy, capitalism, writers, paranoia, dialectic, columnists, study groups.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Ex-husbands mentioned. Bar setting. Horses, whale (prop), dog, tank fish, camel, goats. Submarine. Full moon, lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Lighthearted, witty, flashy, deadpan, absurdist, bright, goofy, versatile, playful, silly, droll, ruminative, eccentric, strange, singular, entertaining, knowing, rare, star-studded, styish, manic, engrossing, fun. Hilarious performances by Alden Ehrenreich and Channing Tatum, luxurious period detail, loving cinematography, memorable song-and-dance sequences.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Uneven, self-indulgent, flat-footed, over-reaching. Slack pacing, dull/grating stretches, many missed opportunities.

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