Hail, Caesar is "Coens Lite" - the masters indulging their whims, particularly classic Hollywood genres and movements - the screwball comedy, the western, the musical, and of course, Film Noir. They also pepper the movie with their trademark brand of silliness and humor.
However, as light and mundane as it may seem on the surface, this is still a Coens movie. As such, tongue-in-cheek satire permeates throughout, skewering Hollywood and communism in equal measures.
In the end, the Coens distill the essence of the film in Eddie Mannix's realization that the although the world is hard, there may be easier options. But the easier option may not be as exciting, let alone interesting. So, we need to do the right thing. And in that sense, the movie is classic Coen brothers.
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