Director(s): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill. 106 min. Rated PG-13. UK/USA/Japan. Comedy.
Major discovery: almost all of George Clooney's "lighthearted" movies are failures, and almost all his serious dramas are great. Another major discovery: the Coen Brothers were dying to make a Singin' in the Rain-style film-in-a-film musical - even if it would take disguising it as a 1950s comedy about the Hollywood film industry. Mix these two conclusions, and Hail, Caesar! is one of the Coens' weaker movies. Why this lame story with overlong musical sequences and vaguely-related subplots about Communists and tabloids and disgruntled cast and crew got so much attention, is beyond me.