Awful mess of a plotless indulgence by the Coen Brothers (No Country For Old Men, True Grit). Aiming undoubtedly for eccentricity rather than a linear comedy, the award-winning brothers have pulled in an A-list of stars to pastiche the Hollywood studio system of the 50s.
But what a waste. Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Milk) as head of production at Capital Studios is charged with keeping the stars in line, but with George Clooney (Syriana, Gravity) kidnapped by the Hollywood 10 in the name of Mother Russia, the key is to keep it away from Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, We Need to Talk About Kevin) and the gossip columns.
It does have its moments (a take on On the Town featuring a somewhat effete all-dancing, all-singing Channing Tatum and suggestive choreography is very funny) but Hail Caesar ultimately fails to deliver and falls into its own miasma of cleverness.