Ryan Murphy’s latest entry on Netflix “Hollywood” follows a group of aspiring artists as they try to make their mark in Tinseltown. But, this isn’t just a tale of a bunch of beautiful people who want to be stars. Yes, they’re beautiful, but there’s more to that in this limited series. “Hollywood” is populated by Black and queer characters and asks the question “what if you break out of the box the industry and society put you in and you dare to live your truth and fight for your dreams?”
The answer is, while the industry and society might struggle and may to understand and might not accept your truths and why you choose to come out of the shadows, in the end your bravery and ultimate happiness is what matters most. And, in Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood” that bravery just might ultimately pay off.
Jim Parsons who won four Emmys for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory” gives a tour de force performance as slimy Hollywood manager Henry Wilson. Parson is surely a safe bet for an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series this year.
Aside from Parsons, Ryan Murphy assembled a remarkable cast which includes Darren Criss, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott (another standout performance worthy of Emmy consideration), Jeremy Pope, David Corenswet, Laura Harrier, Holland Taylor, and Patti Lupone who should prepare her Emmy speech as well. Queen Latifah makes a special appearance that will make your heart smile.
The seven part limited series set post World War II delivers lots of drama, romance and conflict to keep you going from episode to episode, but it’s the characters in which you’ll invest the most. You root for them, well most of them, and you want to know that they’ll be ok in the end. Episode 7 delivers the most emotional performances of the series, so be warned and have your tissues ready.
“Hollywood” mirrors the struggles actors of color, gays and women still face today but offers hopeful outlook that relies on people answering to the better angels of their nature. We can only hope.
Take a look at the trailer for “Hollywood” here: