I have probably been going to Coen Brother movies for 20 years. They range from Prown acclaimed "Fargo" & "Big Lebowski" to wacko ones like "Barton Fink" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou". Nonetheless, a large majority of their films, and they have made plenty, sure get lots of love from the post season nominations/awards.
Their films range from abject quirkiness (again "Barton Fink") to attempts to tell a true story "Unbroken".
Didn't really know their latest "Hail Ceasar" would full on the continuum but trailers seemed to lean towards a comedy of sort. A period piece of sort tells the huge role movies (pictures) played in society in the early 50's with with huge stars and huge sets.
Josh Brolin, who is a terrific actor in the most traditional sense and he always grabs the screen, plays Eddie Mannix who is the head of Capitol Productions. He totally micro manages all calmly, works 20 hour days, knows every detail about everything and is a fantastic people and production company manager.
At the same time, has a genuine love for his family and respect of his christian faith. Joining Brolin are prime time actors who all generally have small roles in this film : George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Johah Hill, Scarlett Johanson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.
There is several different story lines going on simultaneously that work okay but really don't go anywhere (Romances, Communism, a great new job opportunity and more).
Nice that it was short (100 minutes) and the large # of well known actors keep the film moving along. But I"m generally not a Coen Brother movie fan and this one no different. I guess I was entertained during the 100 minutes but the the minute it was over it was quite forgettable.