It's your gal, Alice. Are you ready for another tv series review? You better be cause I'm going to do it anyway.
The series I'm talking about is called Hollywood and it was released on Netflix in the month of May, and after just a few weeks it gained a looot of success.
Before starting I would like to stress one point about my reviews. I always talk about shows which happen to be on Netflix not because I want to sponsor it or because I think it's the best streaming platform... It happens because it's the only one I own and I'm too poor to experience other alternatives.
With that said, let's carry on.
The director of the show is Rayan Murphy who, for those who don't know, has also directed American Horror Story and Glee. This just to say that he is not the new guy working in the business. As the name of this series suggests, the plot revolves around many characters who are trying to be a part of the Hollywood cinema industry. It is set during the post-World War II period and the cast involves people such as Darren Criss, David Corenswet, Laura Harrier and many other talented actors and actresses.
The concept of this show is similar to the one in the latest Tarantino's film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, where he basically imagines what would have happened if Charles Manson's followers didn't murder Sharon Tate and her unborn child and went to the wrong address. In Hollywood we see how the cinema industry would have changed if minorities such as black people, homosexuals, Asian people and so on were included. If they could have had a voice.
If you are a movie freak like me, there couldn't be a better series for you! Everything revolves around the the process of making of a film called Meg. For all a series of circumstances, a half philippino director, a gay screenwriter and a black actress find themselves together making a movie from scratch. Imagine how that film would be perceived in the late 40's. Yes... nobody would have promoted it, seen it, produced it. It would have never been made. But what if a bunch of actors and a film company listened to them? What if they actually believed in the project and were not stopped by a different skin colour or sexual orientation? What if they thought it was worth it to take risks for them? Watch it to find out.
I have to say that when it comes to Netflix original series I'm always a bit skeptical. I don't know why but I'm always worried that it will be stupid or superficial but this time it surely wasn't. Even if it's set in the past lots of what goes on is still pretty common. I mean, as I watched it I felt upset about the way different people were treated but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like this problem still isn't fully solved. In the tolerance and acceptance world, there is still a lot to do, and Hollywood stresses brilliantly the point.
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