I will begin with a confession, nay, a boast: I am a tremendous fan of the Coen Brothers and their films. Sometimes they are bleak but laced with black humour, and sometimes they're just downright funny, but always they are original and worth watching. So imagine my surprise when I picked up almost universal thumbs down from the critics 'over there' for their latest film Hail Caesar. What could have gone wrong, I wondered?
Today, courtesy of Fritz Pettyjohn at The American Thinker, I found the reason. He writes:
Hail Caesar is one of the most pro-American movies you'll ever see.
Ah, so that explains it! By and large, the arty-farty set 'over there', just like the one 'over here', do not much care for pro-American anything! But even worse, the Coens have dared to make fun of communists - cue dropped tea cups, dangling monocles and cries of "heavens to Betsy", or at least the Left-wing, 'right on', 'power to the people' equivalent thereof.
The principal crisis is the kidnapping of his big star, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), who's in the middle of playing a Roman officer who encounters Christ at a well, where he's giving water to thirsty slaves. The kidnappers are communist screenwriters who feel they've been cheated by the studios. They're depicted as complete morons, who manage to convert Whitlock to their cause by spouting nonsensical Marxist claptrap.
Eventually the star of the movie, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is released and is called up to face the studio boss Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin):
The climax comes when Hobie retrieves Whitlock and returns him to the studio. He spouts the Marxist gobbledygook he's learned from the commies to Mannix, who listens intently, his hand covering his mouth. Finally, he's had enough, and he gets up and mercilessly bitch-slaps Whitlock into his senses. He explains how the world really works, then sends him back to the set, with instructions to act like a damn movie star.
My oh my, you can imagine how that went down with the 'liberal' media critics - like a cup of cold sick! Anyway, my faith in the Coen brothers is restored and I can't wait to see it.