With the Coen Brothers movies you are always guaranteed a certain standard, in that they are all watchable, but some more than others. This is a classic Coen Brothers film with humour and madness, mixed with great acting and direction. It is set in 1950s Hollywood and follows the trials and tribulations of a rather overworked producer who loses one of his star actors to a communist plot. George Clooney is on fine form as the slightly simple lead actor who gets kidnapped, and Josh Brolin delivers a brusk and commanding performance as the producer who has to battle with the press, dumb actors and the studios demands, while remaining calm and in control.
I really enjoyed this film and would happily watch it again as it has some great lines and the acting is top notch. It doesn’t replace my favourite Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski to the number one spot, but it did give it a run for its money.
Review Score 9/10