I was looking forward to Hail Caesar. But now that I’ve seen it, it just kind of came and went. There’s really no lasting effect. The story simply evaporates into nothing, and there’s no payoff with any of the threads. I did like seeing the Coen’s explore 50’s Hollywood and try to recreate it, but that’s really all this movie’s got.
The whole movie feels empty. It seems like it COULD be saying something about various topics. At first it seems like there could be some religious commentary (though I really laughed at the Rabbi’s line “Eh, I have no opinion”), but it doesn’t really go anywhere. It seems like there could be some political musings with the communist angle, but that also dissolves. They could be saying something about the main character trying to choose between jobs, but they only attach any meaning to that at the very end. The movie is really quite vapid at the end of it all.