Not to sound lame-brained, but Hail, Caesar! is the most literal example of a FEEL GOOD MOVIE in recent memory. I was loathe to go see it, based on the ads & trailers. I made avoiding it something of a quest, Coens be damned! Plus I had this running theory of Clooney + Coens = STAY AWAY! But it seemed to have legs. After a month or so something snapped; I broke down and headed with great gusto to the cinema.
And wow do the Coens know how to put together a movie. Hail, Caesar! is a thoroughly entertaining, sumptuously gorgeous picture made by absolutely consummate filmmakers at the top of their game. My only fault was a lack of any real dramatic peril: this is not Fargo or No Country for Old Men. Otherwise we’d be talking 9-territory; as it is, on the high end of 8/10.
Sit close to the big screen for this one — it’s a visual treat, I found much more so than even The Grand Budapest Hotel.