TV Reviews

The Last Tycoon Review

I was browsing through Amazon Prime Video looking for something to watch when I came across The Last Tycoon, a series I had nearly forgotten about from the Amazon Pilot Season. I remember being super excited about it due to the cast, the sets, the costumes and the source material. Now that it has finally arrived, I decided to watch it and see if the rest of the series was as good as the pilot. And disappointed I was not.

Firstly, the show follows an extremely talented film producer named Monroe Stahr as he tries to make movies during the time of the Depression. Although, the premise seems fairly narrow, I was surprised by the amount of issues that the show manages to highlight such as socialism, capitalism, antisemitism, immigration and the rise of Nazism in Europe. These topics come up in period pieces all the time, however, I have never seen them in a series that focused on film making. So, for me, it was fascinating to learn how all these different topics effected the film industry during that time.

Furthermore, I have to say that the characters and the acting were the best part of the series. My favourites being Matt Bomer as Monroe Stahr, Kelsey Grammer as Pat Brady, Lily Collins as Celia Brady and Rosemarie DeWitt as Rose Brady. Ever since I saw Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey in White Collar, I have been a huge fan. He is excellent at playing these suave, smooth and charismatic characters who are suffering from some kind of emotional trauma. Monroe Stahr was a fascinating character who I often found myself rooting for, even though I wasn’t always a fan of his methods. Furthermore, Pat Brady was the character that had me on the fence the most- that’s to say I couldn’t decide whether I liked him or not. On one hand, I understood that all the actions he took throughout the series were so that he could make movies during a difficult period. On the other hand, his heartless decisions often left a sour taste in my mouth as I began to question whether the ends really did ever justify the means. Nonetheless, I enjoyed watching him on the screen thanks to Grammer’s performance.

Additionally, Lily Collins was well cast as the daughter of a rich man who recognised her own privilege and worked to make the world fairer. Watching her progress throughout the series gave me the impression that I was watching the character grow up. At the end the season, I felt like a proud mother watching as her child graduate from uni. On one hand, this proves that I get way too invested in my TV shows. On the other hand, it highlights how Celia was a character that engaged the audience; one that everyone cared about and wanted to succeed. Moreover, Rosemarie DeWitt was probably my favourite female character as she was funny, sarcastic and clearly unappreciated by most who knew her. DeWitt played a familiar role (bored housewife who wants meaning in her life) but the character never became a stereotype.

If I had any negatives at all, it would be that when season ended, I was left with a few questions. Now, that’s all fine and good when a second season is confirmed but that is not the case here. I really hope that I won’t be left hanging lol.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

So, if you’ve seen The Last Tycoon, what did you think? Who’s your favourite character? Leave your answer in a comment, thanks for reading 🙂

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Film Reviews

To the Bone- Film Review

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film on the subject of whether it glorified Eating Disorders. So, I wanted to watch the film and decide for myself whether the criticism it was receiving was justified- and also, I wanted to see if it was a good film. Here is what I thought:

Firstly, in my completely subjective and non-ED suffering point of view, I do not believe that ‘To the Bone’ glorifies Eating Disorders in any way. As I watched the film, I found myself confronted by the harsh realities of living with an Eating Disorder. In my opinion, the film showed the absolute harsh and brutal reality of living with an ED and how it effects those around you. In fact, as a person who doesn’t really know much about Earing Disorders, the film was extremely informative. It showed me that EDs don’t discriminate by age, race, gender, sex and sexuality. Therefore, I think it is a great example of why films that tackle this issue must be made and shown more often.

Regarding the plot, I have to say that it was nothing extradinary as nothing really happened. It basically just followed Eli/Ellen (Lily Collins) as she takes part in Dr. Beckham (Keanu Reeves) inpatient program designed to help her and people like her overcome their ED.

Without a doubt, I have to say that the film was well acted with Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves being the standout performers. Watching Lily play Ellen/Eli, I really did see the struggle of living with an ED whilst watching Keanu, I did really feel like he was this caring no nonsense doctor who wanted to see his patients get better and live.

However, one of the things that partially spoiled my enjoyment was the romance between Luke  (Alex Sharp) and Eli/Ellen. I feel like the main focus in this film should have been the Eli’s recovery not this unnecessary romance. Furthermore, I really didn’t like when he asked her to stay because he needed her. I feel like that was too much pressure to place on someone who was going through their own stuff and was clearly spiralling. In addition, the bottle feeding scene was super weird and took me out of the film a little bit. It just felt really random and out of place but maybe it just me lol.

And one last thing, I really didn’t like the bit where they lied about having cancer in order to get the waitress to serve them alcohol. (A bit random I know). I feel like that was a bit selfish as that woman could have lost her job because of it. To manipulate her in that way was not funny and not necessary.

To conclude, whilst the film tackled many important issues and tackled them well, the film itself was nothing remarkable or groundbreaking. That’s not say it was awful, so in terms of ratings I would give it 3/5 stars

So what did you think of the film? And in your opinion, does it glorify Eating Disorders? Write your thoughts in a comment ! 🙂<<<<<