A wee look at films to get excited about in 2016.
Directed by:- Joel and Ethan Coen, the deadpan, creative geniuses behind Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O’Brother Where Art Thou, and No Country for Old Men.
Who’s in it:- A glut of talent; including previous Coen collaborators George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson and Josh Brolin, as well as Channing Tatum (he’s so hot right now), Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and (perhaps most intriguingly) Dolph Lundgren. An embarrassment of riches!
What’s it about:- Set at the tail end of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Josh Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, a former private eye turned problem solver for one of the big studios. The film follows a day in the life of Mannix as he struggles to keep a variety of scandals out of the tabloids, not least the fact that world famous actor Baird Whitlock (Clooney) has been kidnapped while filming the studio’s next big epic; Hail, Caesar.
Reasons to be excited:- I’ll resist the urge to simply say it’s a new film from the Coen brothers (although, c’mon! What more reason do you need?!?). The two trailers that have been released show the Coens playing completely to their strengths; razor-sharp word play, an assortment of eccentric characters, and heavy leanings towards classic farce. We know from Barton Fink that the brothers can offer a scathingly satirical look at the Hollywood studio process, and The Big Lebowski proves they can do irrelevant investigative narratives. Combine the two and we should have something pretty special. And tell me that the combination of Ralph Fiennes- apparently channeling Monsieur Gustave from The Grand Budapest Hotel– and the Coen’s tongue twisting dialogue is not a match made in heaven. Also, it’s a new film from the Coen brothers.
When’s it out:- 5th February in the US and Canada, 4th March in UK and Ireland. The film will also open this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, getting its UK Premiere at the opening night gala on 17th February.