Name : Hollywood
Creators : Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan
Genre : Drama
Cast : David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jake Picking, Jeremy Pope, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Patti LuPone
'Hollywood' is a seven episodes long mini web series released on Netflix on 1st May, 2020. It was created by the same person who gave us 'Glee' and 'The Politician', Ryan Murphy along with Ian Brennan. It has a vast cast with some remarkable actors like David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Jim Parsons, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, Jeremy Pope, Laura Harrier, Patti LuPone and many more.
The show is set in the post World War II era. It kicks off with an ex soldier named Jake Castillo (David Corenswet), trying to give his dreams of becoming an actor in Hollywood a chance. But before he could get his big break he starts working at a gas station with a secret 'Dreamland'.
The story covers many issues of that era. The major ones being offering lead roles to a 'coloured' person and homosexuality. The story shows how much a person had to struggle and seek daring ways to fulfill their dreams. It shows the courage shown by one person can open doors for the ones who are yet to come. It shows that one daring decision taken by a woman could change history. And most importantly it shows that there is enough room for everyone on the top. While trying to reach the same summit, everyone helps each other instead of dragging them down.
The show has done a tremendous job in dismantling the image of Golden Age Hollywood. It is a retelling of the said era and thus portrays some of the celebrities in a new light or how 'it could have been' for them. Some such celebrities were Rock Hudson, played by Jake Picking, who was gay and had to keep it a secret because homosexuality was frowned upon in that era.
Anna May Wong, played by Michelle Krusiec, was the first-ever Chinese American Hollywood star. She was subjected to the stereotypical supporting roles but later she created history by becoming the first Asian American to lead in a U.S. television series.
Hattie McDaniel, played by Queen Latifah, had to fight racism at almost every step in her career. Even though she bagged an Oscar, she was not allowed to the premiers or even the hall where she received the Oscar.
There are more people whose lives have been retold in the series such as Vivien Leigh played by Katie McGuinness, Henry Wilson played by Jim Parsons and Eleanor Roosevelt played by Harriel Harris. Each and every actor has done justice to their respective roles, creating a masterpiece as a result.
Apart from this, the costume and set are perfectly in sync with the 'Golden Age Hollywood'. Every character was given a storyline of their own and they have done it so passionately and perfectly that (Spoiler Alert!) you might shed a tear at their speeches after receiving the Oscar in the last episode.
So, anyone looking for something new to watch on Netflix checkout 'Hollywood'. You won't be disappointed.