The Last Tycoon!
- By Rebekah Rejniak
- Photo Courtesy of Amazon Prime
The Amazon adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel set in the Golden Age of Hollywood touches upon the darkening horizon of movie making. The Depression is barely a fleeting memory, and the growing influence of Hitler and Nazi Censorship has Hollywood executives looking over their shoulders.
Matt Bomer (White Collar) plays Monroe Stahr, a studio executive from New York, born Milton Sternberg, looking to re-invent himself. Kelsey Grammar (Frasier) is Pat Brady, the petulantly jealous Studio Head who adores-slash-hates his protégé, Stahr. The hypnotic Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land) is Rose Brady, whose character delves much deeper into the psyche of a Hollywood woman, than the stereotypical trophy wife. Her daughter, Celia Brady, is aggressively played by Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and strangely enough, they’re both lovesick over the same man.
The shining star of The Last Tycoon is easily the 1930s era production design (created by Hollywood notable, Patrizia von Brandenstein) and the warm halo lighting that filters throughout, evoking the optimistic dreams of a bygone era. The costumes are equally dapper with their velvet fabric, feminine ruffles, and wide leg silhouettes created by Janie Bryant (Mad Men). The series was created, produced, co-written, and co-directed by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass).
“The Last Tycoon” is now streaming on Amazon Prime.