LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION.
In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the directors portray and send up the Hollywood studio system, showing the “reality” behind the making of Bible epics, B Westerns and musicals. This is done with an irresistible sense of humor of course, and an outlandish subplot involving Communist screenwriters. Wonderful cast, but perhaps a tad too sprawling.
2016-U.S. 108 min. Color. Written and directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Cast: Josh Brolin (Eddie Mannix), George Clooney (Baird Whitlock), Alden Ehrenreich (Hobie Doyle), Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton… Channing Tatum, Alison Pill, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Christopher Lambert, Fisher Stevens. Narrated by Michael Gambon.
Trivia: That’s allegedly Dolph Lundgren standing on top of a submarine near the end of the film.