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Saw this film last night and it was a major disappointment. In spite of great stars, the film just drug itself across the screen like a 10 year old in high heels. Josh Brolin was good, and Channing Tatum was great, but the other talent was wasted on a script that was disjointed and...... Dare I say it?.......boring. The theater was half empty, but my eavesdropping after gave me the impression my feeling was widely shared. I found the denouement plot point obtuse and insulting to gay men.

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Saw this film last night and it was a major disappointment. In spite of great stars, the film just drug itself across the screen like a 10 year old in high heels. Josh Brolin was good, and Channing Tatum was great, but the other talent was wasted on a script that was disjointed and...... Dare I say it?.......boring. The theater was half empty, but my eavesdropping after gave me the impression my feeling was widely shared. I found the denouement plot point obtuse and insulting to gay men.

 

I was planning on seeing it tomorrow during the game. My friend texted me this evening who had just seen it and said something similar but he did add that it was worth the price of a daytime admission to see Channing's number

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Saw this film last night and it was a major disappointment. In spite of great stars, the film just drug itself across the screen like a 10 year old in high heels. Josh Brolin was good, and Channing Tatum was great, but the other talent was wasted on a script that was disjointed and...... Dare I say it?.......boring. The theater was half empty, but my eavesdropping after gave me the impression my feeling was widely shared. I found the denouement plot point obtuse and insulting to gay men.

 

So what I found interesting about it is that I laughed out loud quite a few times but the movie was so disconnected. The main plot line made little sense and it was distracted by everything else going on. It felt like they were trying to cram as many stars into it as possible. I would have preferred they eliminated the main story and just had the Brolin character be a fix it guy. Kidnapping story could have happened without all that other stuff. You are so right it was a major disappointment. It needed a story editor. The movie seemed to last 2 hours but it was only a 100 minutes.

 

I thought Alden Ehrenreich was a stand out, at least for me.

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Saw this film last night and it was a major disappointment. In spite of great stars, the film just drug itself across the screen like a 10 year old in high heels. Josh Brolin was good, and Channing Tatum was great, but the other talent was wasted on a script that was disjointed and...... Dare I say it?.......boring. The theater was half empty, but my eavesdropping after gave me the impression my feeling was widely shared. I found the denouement plot point obtuse and insulting to gay men.

 

 

tatum was boring. barely a roll and almost no speaking. his tap was a mess

 

clooney had a few funny moments. ehrenreich was impressive. fiennes stole the movie in his couple scenes

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I agree that Ehrenreich was a stand out and i forgot to give him credit, but his character was so undeveloped, just like all the others. What a mess. I hadn't been out to a film in years, and I chose this one. I want my money and time back.

 

oh wow bad choice to go out. my top 5 this year:

 

Mad Max & Brooklyn Tie

The Big Short

The Martian

Me Earl & the Dying Girl

Trainwreck

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oh wow bad choice to go out. my top 5 this year:

 

Mad Max & Brooklyn Tie

The Big Short

The Martian

Me Earl & the Dying Girl

Trainwreck

 

Haven't seen Hail Cesear but did hear that Ehrenreich was excellent.

 

The big Short - BIG thumbs down

Me Earl & the Dying Girl - Big thumbs up

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It's funny, and I am definitely odd man out, but I found Hail Caesar! to be a welcome throwback to some other well-loved (on my part) but underappreciated Cohen Brother's comedies such as O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski. I too found Ehrenreich impressive, both as an actor and a beauty! Even with the unexpected turn of the storyline, I actually enjoyed every minute of the film! Tatum may have not known how to tap before he made this but I remember so many classic musicals of the 40's and 50's which had the same gung-ho lavish musical numbers! Because of the storyline, in this film, the number becomes ironic. I personally found Hail Caesar! to be a LOT of fun!!! JMHO.

 

TruHart1 :cool:

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  • 4 years later...

Watched Hail Caesar! on Netflix almost by accident tonight. I did not know what to expect, and to be truthful, I was captivated by it. I think its strength is that it is a string of scenes in search of a story - usually a recipe for disaster, but in this case charming. The swimming and dance sequences were over the top period perfect. I think Alden Ehrenreich is amazing. The cowboy film bits were pure parody and fun. I thought the movie premiere sequence was wonderful - breaking into his lariat routine, and the brief foray into musical territory when the two start to sing. But that is over before it has even finished the first verse. And the ride up and back on the highway in Malibu - pure Raymond Chandler LA film noir.

 

Over and over the film builds up a brilliant sequence and then undercuts its ending. The synchronized swimming scene ends with Johansson throwing a tantrum, the dance sequence is cut short by the director, the submarine sequence, made solemn, even almost liturgical by the Red Army choral music and the parodic socialist-realism posing in the boat is undercut by the dog/valise slapstick switch, and finally the actually rather moving centurion-at-the-cross speech cut by the failure to remember the final word. All of them funny. But I kept wondering, Why not let the scenes run to their end, allowing each its full ironic integrity? The parody does not always have to deprive its subject of significance. It’s as though the audience can’t be trusted but has to be led by the nose, beaten over the head, to get the point. You can have both.

 

So - brilliant, an evening well-spent, but wanting more.

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I liked this movie despite the bad reviews it got at the time. Like Ryan Murphy's Hollywood on Netflix it's a fictionalized version of a particular Hollywood era. Clooney plays a likely guy. Good light entertainment.

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I love the Coen brothers. Sometimes more than others.

Hudsucker Proxy, Miller's Crossing, Big Lebowski, Blood Simple, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Fargo, Raising Arizona, all work for me. But I'm just not drawn to Hail Ceaser!

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