Hooray for Hollywood
While waiting for his big break, aspiring movie star Jack... More Castello accepts a job at a local service station that pumps more than just gas.Less
In post-WWII Hollywood, a group with big screen ambitions try to make their dreams come true in this alternate-history Netflix series from from Ryan Murphy (Glee, Pose, American Horror Story). The cast includes Golden Globe winner Darren Criss (American Crime Story), David Corenswet (The Politician), Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
For everything it seems to get right, something about Hollywood seems all wrong.Full review
A show about Tinseltown that chose to confront and prod at these continuing, dispiriting realities rather than concoct its own vapid, hubristic fantasies would be worth 10 times this one.Full review
Hollywood manages to be simultaneously more cynical and lazy than anything Tinseltown turned out during that age.Full review
It's a pity that 'Hollywood' doesn't let us figure out the irony for ourselves, but instead underlines it with earnest speeches. However, all the signalling doesn't spoil what is essentially a glossy treat.Full review
Those two halves never quite fuse together, leaving Hollywood stranded between its poles. It's intermittently engaging, but often curiously off-putting, an undone dish of conflicting tastes.Full review
It glided over my brain like a feather boa, beautiful, silly, dissolute.Full review
It is a baffling Hindenburg of TV.Full review
Costumes by Sarah Evelyn and Lou Eyrich, coupled with Matthew Flood Ferguson's production design, allow us to slip into this world... Still, echoing the eponymous setting, there are serious flaws hidden beneath the glossy veneer.Full review
It's a noble thought and an audacious premise. It doesn't work here, not because of the fancifulness... but because of the story and character strains that "Hollywood" visibly goes through to steer to its conclusion.Full review
There's plenty of razzle-dazzle in "Hollywood" that keeps it humming along, even as it overpreaches. At an efficiently brisk seven episodes, it's nobody's idea of a dull time.Full review
The exact degree of ironic self-awareness here is hard to reckon, but "Hollywood," for all its exaggerations, feels sincere... Yet it's this very sincerity, even generosity - its best features, really - that keep the series from being lifelike.Full review
What results is a Franken-show that’d have done the old Universal monster movies proud, lurching and stumbling through its story’s convolutions with great purpose but little worth saying.Full review
Stylish, strongly acted and completely disingenuous about the arc of the moral universe.Full review
“Hollywood” is just happy to paint a picture of what could have been, rather than work to say anything new about what Hollywood could become.Full review
Purple, manipulative, shameless – the old-school Hollywood of Ryan Murphy’s dreams might hustle like the real thing, but it doesn’t much look like it.Full review
Netflix series from the ‘Glee’ team pairs real players of 1940s Tinseltown with fictional ones, but the revisionist history falters midway through.Full review
I do believe movies can change the world, but it’s a complex process, never quite moving from point A to point B. Something about Hollywood’s grinning simplicity — its crushing certainty that good people make good art that earns good money and is good for society — left me cold.Full review
Hollywood’s message is clear, even if its messaging is muddled. The series is engrossing throughout and its optimism is undeniably winning.Full review
Murphy has always been better at big ideas than small details, and the sentimentality of the piece, coupled with the potency of many of the performances, after a while becomes infectious, making Hollywood’s weak spots easy to forgive.Full review
Leaning further in the direction of a Capra flick than the hyper-violent revenge fantasy of Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist Hollywood tale, Murphy’s miniseries is about using your power to raise up others, and taking chances to push for change from within.Full review
Hollywood: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix.
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