This show includes 1 Oscar winner: Mira Sorvino, and 5 Emmy winners: Darren Criss, Holland Taylor, Jim Parsons, Rob Reiner & Queen Latifah See more »
Despite what this series purports, Henry Willson was never elevated to film producer. The closest he came was Rock Hudson, at the peak of his stardom, awarding Willson a token associate producer credit on Come September (1961). See more »
This series starts off by selling us the idea that we are going to follow the Story of Jack Castello as he makes his rise to stardom in Dreamland. Then we are introduced throughout the series to a wide variety of characters. Hollywood tries to accomplish telling everyone's story because part of its own story is that everone story matters and is worth telling (they are to some degree). However this proves to be messy.
By the fifth episode, the story of Hollywood has switched through so many narratives that when we jump back to a story we previously saw, we don't care what we are seeing. Dick Samuels andMrs. Kinkaid, Jack and Claire; two relationships that sought exploration yet were over in the matter of a few scenes. They claimed to have chemistry when we saw none.
The film has some anti-white undertones (understandable hatred against those in power at the time) and it seems that guilt takes over all the white characters as they realize their dreams arn't as important next to their PoC counterparts. They become the focus of the series as it paints a picture of what Hollywood could be like if they just spoke up more. Then, as soon as they are successful they are quickly forgotten about as the story quickly and abruptly transitions to being loud and proud for the gay community. Then the show is over?
I like the story of Camille Washington but as soon as her moment in the spotlight is over we don't see from her at all. Wasn't the majority of the show about her struggle? Yet instead we focus on relationships between many characters and her struggle is minimized by the shortness of it all on screen? To be honest the treatment of Women in this film is odd. Avis is seen as this powerful yet helpless woman, one that is given a taste of power and has a lot to struggle with being the head of a studio (as a female.) Yet we are made not to feel sorry for her because she is a white female and her climb means nothing compared to the other stories?
Overall the show seeks to paint an alternate version of Hollywood, one that showcases the cost of making it in dreamland, celebrates PoC, yet gets convoluted in too many different stories. The acting is good, the authenticity of the 40s is nostalgic. The series is mediocre at best.
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