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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2016-02-20 09:47 pm
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drive-by post: Hail, Caesar!

I have edits on a brief that need to be dealt with, so, Hail, Caesar!, the latest Coen brothers movie, in one paragraph.

It's a movie about a 1950s movie studio executive dude, who runs around putting out fires while contemplating the direction of his life, that fairly regularly stops dead for set-pieces like Channing Tatum singing (I didn't know he could!) and tap-dancing, or Scarlett Johansson in one of those aquatic ballet thingies. I don't have strong feelings about Hollywood movies of this era, I'm aware that the studio system was awful, and I didn't much like the main character or agree with him (the second thing he does is slap a woman twice across the face. The first is go to confession; notably, he goes the next day and confesses only to slapping someone else.). So this was visually attractive and certainly not bland but not something that engaged me.

The trailers were fucking dire and, accordingly, are better left unmentioned. (Now in comments, because [personal profile] skygiants asked.)

[identity profile] abigail_n.livejournal.com 2016-02-21 07:14 am (UTC)(link)
I found this completely weird. It seemed to be drawing a comparison between the executive and the Roman centurion in the movie he's making, and thus between deciding to stay in the movie business and finding Jesus. While at the same time going to a very strange place with the Communist subplot, in a movie set in a period when HUAC was going strong. The trailers lead you to expect a slapstick comedy but instead it was just odd, and I'm really not sure what it was trying to say.
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[personal profile] skygiants 2016-02-21 01:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I loved the movie, but I got exactly what I wanted out of it which was a loving parody/homage of an era of filmmaking I'm extremely familiar with plus Channing Tatum tap-dancing, so. I would have been happy if the whole movie was set pieces.

I am curious about the trailers you got for a specific reason -- we got two trailers, and both of them were for somewhat terrible-looking but very female-focused comedies. I mention this because of all the many, many times when I've gone to movies (especially comedies) and seen like ten trailers, none of which feature, like, more than one woman in a speaking part. So I'm wondering if there really is a trend towards centering more comedies on women, or if the theater execs just determined that Hail, Caesar and Channing Tatum's dancin' pants were a draw for female audiences only.