Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a Fixer for Capitol pictures who tries to keep faith in the movie business for 48 chaotic hours in Hollywoodland.
Visually, the film is fantastic. Mannix moves between two worlds: One is a vibrant 50’s movieland, and the other is the real world, marked by muted tones and noir shadows—though, to be honest, both are equally surreal. While Hail, Caesar isn’t much for pacing, the Coen Brothers do create a sense of chaos from the beginning, bombarding Mannix with problem after problem. Chief among them is the kidnapping of Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) from their prestige picture, also called Hail, Caesar, which is about a Roman Senator who witnesses Christ’s later life and eventual crucifixion.