A new film from Joel and Ethan Coen is always a big deal, and the marketing push for Hail, Caesar! juiced anticipation, at least among the cinephile community. A kidnapping comedy (whatever “comedy” means when the Coens are concerned) set in the studio-centric days of Old Hollywood starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and more seems like the perfect recipe for a great movie.
I am about to drop a piece of information that most likely make each and every one of you wince. Consider this your fair warning. I personally was shocked when I realized it, so I can only imagine what your reaction will be. Seriously, take a seat because I am not sure you will be able to handle it otherwise. Ready? Wes Anderson has been making movies for almost 20 years. Boom. Mind blown. It does not seem like that long, does it? But Anderson’s first feature, Bottle Rocket (based on an earlier-made short film) was released in 1996. Crazy. Anderson has been refining his style ever since, most recently in The Grand Budapest Hotel, which sees release this weekend.