Hail, Caesar is set in 1950s Hollywood and follows the story of Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a man who goes around to movie sets and makes sure everything is in line. He makes sure everything is holding together and the cast and crew are doing their job, as well as keeping the press where he wants them to be kept, especially the nosy sisters, Thora and Thessaly (both played by Tilda Swinton). Soon, however, things don't seem to go as planned, and one of their biggest movie stars, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped by a group of writers who call themselves 'the future.' What do they want? $100,000. Why? It's up to Mannix, as well as a group of talented actors, to find out, and help get their movie star back so he can finish the blockbuster he's working on, titled 'Hail, Caesar!'
The film is as wacky as they come, but in doing so, it managed to bring out the best of laughs, and there's never any one person who brought the most. Sure, Channing Tatum easily stole the show, but he got just as many laughs out of me as Alden Ehrenreich's Hobie Doyle did, and my god that character was funny. He's a western actor who's been put into a more serious role and with the comedic talents of Ralph Fiennes as his director, it's all sorts of brilliant, although not nearly as brilliant as the few scenes Tatum is in. Now they were something, alright.
That being said, it did take a little time for me to really get engaged with it. My expectations for this film were through the roof, and I will be honest, for the first twenty or so minutes, I was slightly let down. I wasn't at all bored, in fact it was the opposite. I was having a great time watching, but I was never sure what I was watching. Hail, Caesar is a little on the slow side, the opening few scenes playing out much longer than they should've. Thankfully, it does pick up and it does get better, and while it was never boring, it did drag to begin with.
To sum up, Hail, Caesar is an utter delight, bringing together an a-list cast for a film that's certainly worthy of their talent. It takes some time to get into, but once you're in, there's no turning back, and once Channing Tatum arrives, you'll start to realise how worthwhile the whole really film is.