Groan Caeser

Just tried watching “Hail Caeser”.  I really tried.

Why is it that the recent movies that seem to be oohed-and-aahed about in the US are criminally boring to me?  Perhaps this is the sign of ageing.

Period setting does not a classic make.


8 thoughts on “Groan Caeser

  1. The V Pub

    It’s usually the self-aggrandizing denizens of Hollywood who usually make these claims. While I do enjoy some period pieces (Gladiator comes to mind), there is also empirical evidence of some disasters that cloaked themselves as period pieces.


  2. Carol

    Had not heard of that one before your post – but it doesn’t sound like something I want to see. Then again, there aren’t a whole lot of movies I want to see just now.



  3. Hangaku Gozen

    Hail Caesar! is not that good, though the movie is by one of my favorite directors, the Coen brothers. After seeing the trailer, I was really looking forward to seeing the movie. Then my younger daughter rented it for me when I was looking after her in San Diego last year. I was sorely disappointed: the funniest parts of the movie were in the trailer, and the best part was at the beginning. As it progressed, it became more surreal and not so funny; at one point my daughter said, “Do Communists really talk like that?” (Well, maybe in the 1959s. Now, not so much.) I enjoyed George Clooney’s performance, but it was mostly wasted as the story became less funny. I think Hollywood movie people do live in a bubble, which Trump shook them out of; but prior to last November, they could be insufferably smug, and this movie reflected some of that.


    1. gobblefunkist Post author

      EXACTLY. Every single actor in the movie was wasted. And it was pretentious as hell. I hadn’t liked Woody Allen’s “Front” (which I was reminded of for some reason as I watched Hail Caeser) but compared to this one, Front was amazing.
      I watched HC for Coen brothers too, and was let down.

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      1. Hangaku Gozen

        Thinking of Woody Allen’s “The Front” would be logical, given that both movies touch on the Communist Party in the US in the 1950s, though Allen focused on personal morality and how politics can force one to make awkward and unpleasant choices. The Coen Brothers—who knows what they were getting at? Someone suggested to me later that I should look at Hail Caesar! as part of the Coens’ series of films about Hollywood, and I should re-watch Barton Fink to see the connections. Barton Fink ended up creeping me out at the end, so I don’t think I’m going to watch it again. But it does explain, sort of,, why Hail Caesar! became so dark.


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