Hail, Caesar!

A few of us met up at the Alamo Drafthouse to watch Hail, Caesar! in style. The movie is a comedy loosely based on the real-life character of Eddie Mannix, the Hollywood fixer. The movie is a self-reflexive study of 40's/early 50's genre movies (Western, Esther Williams, Detective, Latin-obsession, Musical, Bible Epic, Commie scare, Parlor Drama) that came across as campy and a bit too contrived but was colorful and had moments of depth. The musical numbers were particularly fun to watch but don't take themselves too seriously, which I wish they would have.

In terms of fashion, this movie is a costume designer's dream! There are cameos from various famous actors, like Tilda Swinton as a Hedda Hopper-esque reporter in colorful 40's style hats and suits. The movie's costume designer, Mary Zophres, gained access to the entire MGM archives photo library and you can tell many period-authentic details in the 1948-49 styling. Look for sculptural technicolor gowns inspired by Charles James in the ballroom scenes and a mermaid costume shot in the original Esther Williams pool at MGM Studios. And I wasn't familiar with actor Alden Ehrenreich, but his cowboy curls and crooning were crush-worthy!

For most of us, it was our first time at the newly renovated theater which apparently has a complicated history. Notwithstanding, it is a gorgeous Art Deco movie palace with table service! The food and drink was excellent, and the built in tables to every 2 seats meant that there is plenty of leg room. Best of all, rather than the annoying "pre-previews" that are shown in modern theaters, this one showed clips from classic films that were actually relevant to the film we were about to watch.

-Annabelle

The "pre-previews": On the Town

The "pre-previews": On the Town

Table service! They make a mean Manhattan

Table service! They make a mean Manhattan

Someone who worked at the theater asked to take our picture after the film

Someone who worked at the theater asked to take our picture after the film

Tall ladies wore red, shorter ladies wore grey/black. No, we didn't plan it!

Tall ladies wore red, shorter ladies wore grey/black. No, we didn't plan it!

Gorgeous lobby!

Gorgeous lobby!

 
Outside with the marquee

Outside with the marquee

 
 
The lighting is better this way

The lighting is better this way