Friday, February 26, 2016

Movie Review: ****Hail Caesar! (2016)

I found this movie totally entertaining.  I really loved the allusions to Jesus and Christianity.  The discussion of the religious person, a Catholic priest, protestant pries, Orthodox priest and rabbi was hilarious, but in the conversation was the importance of faith in Jesus Christ.  This is also a movie about the production of movies, which is always interesting.  Eddie Mannix, the movie studio president is played by Josh Brolin.  His job is to keep his actors out of trouble.  So when one actor comes up missing (kidnapped) his major task is to keep it from the papers.  Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is that actor, playing a Roman Centurion in the times of Christ.  At the same time he is covering the pregnancy of DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson).  Another actor, Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich is a western actor, who is thrown into a period romance, along with all the nuance that gender offers.  It is the communists (mostly movie writers) who have stolen Whitlock, seeking compensation as the feel they have been underpaid for many years.  Whitlock actually goes for the communist spiel.  However when a major actor leaves the scene, with the money, boarding a Soviet submarine, he loses the money catching his dog.  It sinks into the ocean.  Doyle discovers the plot, and rescues Whitlock.  Moran finds a love and they become engaged, resolving the pregnancy issue.  They had thought she might adopt her own baby; but that would have been messy.
Underscoring the drama around the president, is an offer from Lockhead Martin, to go into management where he can really do some good.

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