The Hollywood Reporter | 'Hail, Caesar' Review


As a comedy about early 1950s Hollywood, the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! has trouble achieving lift-off, and even then can barely manage to stay airborne much longer than Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose. But simultaneously hidden in plain sight is a very different film, the story of a notorious real-life big studio fixer, Eddie Mannix, recast here as a secular saint who does nothing but good for the many and diverse people he must tend to in the course of his demanding job.

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