The seven-episode Netflix mini-series, ‘Hollywood’ has made it big, ranking number two in popularity on the streaming service.
But, is it really worth watching?
Taking place in Hollywood, CA in the late 40’s the show dives into the aspirations of aspiring actors wanting to get their first big shot.
Jack Castello, actor, Raymond Ainsely, director, Camille Washington, African American actor, and Archie Coleman, African American writer, all come together to pioneer a movie for the ages; Meg. Together they break records, make history, and look classy doing it.
‘Hollywood’ keeps you on your toes through all seven episodes and makes you want more after. But that is the problem.
For the first four episodes you see the struggles the characters go through to make it to the big leagues.
Castello, one of the main characters, turns to prostitution to pay the bills. Though portrayed as a clean and classy operation, it probably isn’t that way to go when you have a wife and twins on the way.
Whilst we go through Castello’s problems, there are numerous other plot lines introduced and it gets very confusing at times.
One of the major conflicts in the story is that half of the characters are homosexual, black, or both! That is a major problem if you are trying to make history. But there are many other problems that are going on at the same time.
Being a woman in power. The whole country hating them at the beginning of the episode but by the end loving them. The show overindulges in literally every conflict.
I feel the whole show is just a jumbled mess at times.
In one episode two of the major couples get engaged, at the same time two of the main characters die off.
There a to many characters introduced at the back half of the show. The first few episodes focus on the life of Castello but by the end Castello is just one of the five or six main characters. If the whole show stayed on Castello, I think it would have been better.
The final episode takes place at the twentieth Academy Awards where Meg has the chance to sweep the whole awards. The whole episode has you sitting at the edge of your seat not knowing who is going to win. Yes, everyone wins, and yes, it is very cliche.
I like the goals and ideas of ‘Hollywood’ but it has too many flaws.
The story line moves to quick; it is filled to the brim with plot lines, conflicts, characters and it relies much on the LGBT factor.
The next time you’re on Netflix I think it is worth your time to skip ‘Hollywood.’
Lathe Cobb wrote this story from his home in Rose Hill, Kansas.