Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Hail, Caesar!

Welcome back to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Hail, Caesar! – Opening February 5, 2016


It’s always strange to me to see a movie premiering after Oscar season advertised this early, but I think that’s just because of how much time I invest in Oscar predictions around this time of year. February has always struck me as a strange time for release, but that’s the same timing as the last George Clooney film I saw, “The Monuments Men.” This is the latest film from the Coen brothers, a fact that is hardly surprising even just a few seconds into the trailer. Their two most recent films – “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “True Grit” – have skewed a bit more serious, and their newest project looks a lot more like “Burn After Reading” or “Intolerable Cruelty,” an absurdist comedy with more than a bit of energy and enthusiasm to go around. The cast, as usual, is stacked high, with some familiar faces such as Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Josh Brolin, and with an eclectic and diverse list to add that, including Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill. Its 1950s Hollywood setting looks like a lot of fun, and if there was a directing duo I’d trust to make this an adventure to remember, it’s the Coen brothers. The movie-within-a-movie looks entertaining enough, and I think that, while this could be wildly out of control, it could also be a biting indictment of the ridiculousness of old-fashioned Hollywood. Either way, it’s sure to be an experience, one that the desolate landscape of new releases in February could definitely use.

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