Remember when looking at this list that we’re not talking about bad movies but rather disappointing ones. Even so, when compared to a lot of the movies on this list, the latest offering from the Coen brothers seems like a bit of a black sheep.
Hail, Caesar! is definitely a better movie than the ones listed above it. It does a lot of things really well and it can be genuinely enjoyable to watch. That’s why it’s sitting at the bottom of the list, after all.
Keep in mind that with everyone involved in the movie, expectations were kind of soaring. So while Hail, Caesar! was a good bit of fun, it wasn’t quite the grand slam people were hoping for.
A Coen brothers movie with Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, and Alison Pill seemed like something that could potentially be one of the best movies of the year. One of 2016’s best movies, it is not. The narrative is all over the place, the humor has a tendency to fall flat, and when it comes down to it, the movie simply lacks the depth we expect from the Coen brothers.
Hail, Caesar! is definitely more Burn After Reading than Big Lebowski. It’s having itself a great time, but it fails to deliver in just enough key areas that the movie ends up feeling like a bit of a misfire. It’s something that a lot of people are going to like, but it’s also something that few people will remember by the end of the year.