Thank you Joel and Ethan Coen.
The first trailer for the star-studded “Hail Caesar!” was released today and it looks like it will live up to the hype. In fact, the period Hollywood mystery looks like a flat out smash. (“A smash I tell ya! A smash!”).
The previously undisclosed storyline finds Josh Brolin (no doubt thanking the Coens for another plum role) as Eddie Mannix, a studio head suddenly looking for his missing box office star, Baird Whitlock (played by George Clooney). The latter is the biggest movie star in the world and the leading man in the studio’s latest epic, “Hail Caesar!” When Clooney is kidnapped by a group calling themselves “The Future,” Mannix recruits a number of other actors (including those played by Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson) to try and find him and keep the picture on track before Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Tilda Swinton) can report his kidnapping.
And, no joke, if were released for Oscar consideration this year “Caesar!” would win Best Picture in a heartbeat. Excuse the hyperbole, but Academy favorites the Coens, Clooney, a movie about Hollywood and something this funny? Put the post-show party balloons up people. Not that there’s any chance of Universal Studios moving the release date for “Caesar!” into 2015. The Coens seem incredibly reticent to enter the awards season game after “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Universal has “Steve Jobs” to contend with. Granted, other studios would be more than happy to have two Oscar players, but you can be assured producer Scott Rudin would scream his head off if there were serious competition from the same company releasing “Jobs.” (Worth noting Rudin produced three of the Coens’ last five films including Best Picture winner “No Country For Old Men”). It simply won’t happen.
So, perhaps a year from now we’ll be discussing “Hail” as a multiple nominee player such as “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” A movie that if it had been released in 2013 could have also gone all the way. In any case, the good news is there looks like there’s at least one great movie hitting theaters in February.
“Hail Caesar!” opens nationwide on Feb. 5.
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