Lampooning old Hollywood, this is one of the more enoyable Coen Brothers films. They aren’t all so. I have a special affinity for this type of story, as I have done my own bit of Hollywood satire.
That said, I am noticing something about these guys. They have a tendency to turn everything into absurdism, nihilism, making fun of everything and everyone so that all are fools. What is it they actually believe in? This reminds me of those techno German nihilists in The Big Lebowski. “We believe in nothing!”
Hail Caesar doesn’t take itself too seriously. It does indict the old Hollywood studio system, a factory farm of entertainment product that no longer exists in that form. Back in the day the studio owned the talent, set up romances, marriages and interpersonal drama. They dictated content with an iron fist, and it legitimately inspired a backlash.
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