Anyone who reads The Kulture Review consistently knows that we love Ryan Murphy. Among his first release under Netflix after his new deal, is Hollywood. Hollywood tells the story of aspiring actors in post World War II Hollywood as they try to make their big break and survive, they will stop at nothing including a trip to Dreamland.
Dreamland, as our lead Jack Castello played by David Corenswet, will soon come to discover is an undercover world of sex trafficking with the very best in Hollywood through the gas station owned by Scotty Bowers, where he works as a source of survival as he awaits his big break in Hollywood.
The movie is almost biographical or better still a rewrite of issues in Hollywood. It talks about executives who will seek to misuse their office to sexually harass client’s, to the issue of sexual orientation and acceptance, and also race. There’s a rewrite of the main production script of the film being shot in this movie, the film tells the story of Meg a white struggling actress in Hollywood who takes her life, and the story is rewritten with a lead called Peg, to star a black lead which was something that has never been done prior.
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The lead end up winning the Best Actress in a leading role category at the Oscars making her the first black actress to do this not in actuality Halle Berry was the first to do this, also we see Asian film star Anna May Wong played by Michelle Kusiec win an Oscar but in reality, she never did, only part that stays true to history is Hattie McDaniel who was the first black actress to win best-supporting actress.
It might come down to COVID but this film was not enough, even for a mini-series. It felt rushed, a lot of backstories were not properly explored, it felt too fairy wonderland and eventually became predictable as you see the movie rush off to a triumphant end, it is false, it had an intent that was not properly executed, even in the 21st century everyone knows how hard it is to get a big break, how different it is to be a person of colour and to be queer but these conflict points are brushed off too easily and it has a way of leaving with not enough.
This show seriously could have been better but it is a feel-good show so we give it a 7/10. And if the gods and goddesses of television will bless us with a second season or another focused on Alvies Amberg played by the divine Broadway star Patti LuPone