Year 2015 still has a lot to offer in terms of high-quality movies, but the line-up for 2016 is already starting to create some excitement as the trailers are gradually rolling out. One such trailer to come out this week was for Hail, Caesar! There are umpteen reasons to look forward to this flick, and you could start with these five.
#1 The Coen brothers!
A movie by the Coen brothers always stands out in this wide ocean of Hollywood. Hail, Caesar! comes after quite a gap, with the last Coen brothers’ flick being 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis. Joel & Ethan Coen have written as well as directed Hail, Caesar! as is usually the case with any of their movies. It is supposed to be a comedy film, but do not expect slapstick comedy from the Coen brothers – this one out to have a lot of style!
#2 The glittering star-cast
Each one of the top actors in Hail, Caesar! could alone be a reason to watch the movie, and when you get them together, the effect has to be nothing short of magical. So here’s the list led by Josh Brolin, followed by George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Some of them may have limited roles, but who cares as long as we get to catch a glimpse of one amazing actor after another on screen!
#3 Back to the 50s
Hail, Caesar! is going to follow Josh Brolin’s character, a studio executive working in Hollywood, who is trying to discover what happened to a cast member who vanishes during filming. The movie is based in the 1950s, which means we get to take a trip back in time to an age that looked quite different than ours. I expect the Coen brothers to have worked extra hard on creating that 50s look, and then there is Richard Deakins, the cinematographer, to put your trust in. Deakins – a man who has had 12 Oscar nominations but no wins – and production designer Jess Gonchor are age-old associates of the Coen brothers, so it would be right to set the expectations quite high.
#4 The mixture of truth and fiction
Hail, Caesar! is supposed to hold a lot of references to real-life characters which would make for an interesting watch for Hollywood lovers. Josh Brolin and Tilda Swinton are in fact named after real folks Eddie Mannix and Hedda Hopper, but I am not sure to what extent they would be representing them on-screen. There is already a lot of speculation on George Clooney’s character too, and you could read more on that here.
#5 A brilliant trailer to set things in motion
The first trailer could at times make the difference between deciding whether we are going to walk into the theatres in the first weekend or give it a pass. No such doubts will creep into your mind when you watch the trailer of Hail, Caesar! It is spot-on in bringing the above four reasons to life and adding maybe even a few more of its own. Watch it to believe it!
Hail, Caesar! is scheduled to release in the USA on February 5, 2016.