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Although Ryan Murphy’s seven-part miniseries were overly cheesy and utopian on its attempt to write an alternative version of Hollywood’s “golden era”, and despite the mixed reception the series had, I actually liked it.
Hollywood provides a much-needed escpaism in these difficult times we’re facing. It is glamorous, lighthearted and positive in a way that only Murphy, with his theatricality and heartwarming compassion for outsiders, could.
Much like what Quentin Tarantino did in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Murphy…
“The Assistant” is a movie about corruption, abuse of power, systemic oppression and workplace harassment.
The boss himself is an absent character and might be unseen, but he drifts through every scene creating a very tense and threatening atmosphere. Every conversation is about him. It’s like Hitchcock’s Rebecca’s absence or even the unseen abusive male in the latest The Invisible Man, they are the aura that guides the characters in all their actions, even with their nonappearance.
The minimalism seemed…