Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Film Review

I generally try to keep my reviews spoiler-free but that is impossible to do for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood because so much of my opinion hinges on the ending. I won’t be going into too much detail, but consider yourself warned: SPOILERS.

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The Carrie Diairies: Will It Get a Season Two?!

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The first series of the Sex and the City prequel , The Carrie Diaries, hasn’t exactly got off to a flying start. The viewing figures are already dwindling after only thirteen episodes and The CW hasn’t commissioned a second season yet. I wouldn’t surprised if this happened. Even the original Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker, described the show as “odd”, admitting that she isn’t sure if she likes it. I’m starting to agree with her and I’ll tell you why.

I wanted it to be good because I love Sex and the City but obviously, this had to be different as Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) is only 17-years-old, in high school and in Connecticut. This was never going to have that girly, sexy realness about it. However, I was at least expecting it to be a good teen drama but it is just too nice.

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Carrie with Larissa

The plot seems too straightforward and the twists can be seen from a mile away. I think everyone knew Walt was gay and personally, I called Maggie and Sebastian in the penultimate episode. I just feel as if the story hasn’t really progressed since the beginning in terms of Carrie’s plotline. Okay, she has a job at Interview which is far better than her law firm internship but, in terms of her personal life, she is back to square one.

I love the actors but I just feel like some of the characters haven’t been fleshed out enough. For example, Mouse’s only storyline has been about her grades, a new guy, and how that is affecting her grades. I still think she is the funniest character in the show though- Ellen Wong is brilliant.

Mouse and Maggie

Mouse and Maggie

Maggie and Walt have the most dramatic arcs, which seems weird because you would assume Carrie would. Walt’s (Brendan Dooling) confusion over his sexuality was obvious but at the same time, you really felt for him and wanted him to be honest with himself. I like his character the most because he hits me emotionally. None of the other characters do that. Maggie (Katie Findlay) and the affair storyline was good when it came to a head at the lock-in. The tension between her and Walt is great even though they are trying to be friends. I think her insecure, selfish side adds another dimension to her character. It’s not a great characteristic to have, but at least it’s interesting. I want more of this.

Carrie and Walt

Carrie and Walt

Dorrit (Stefania Owen) seems pretty one-dimensional as Carrie’s angst-filled younger sister. She generally hates everything and, now she has a love interest, has completely changed into a new person. She seems happy and understanding. Her overhaul is a bit unbelievable. Also, call me old-fashioned, but I don’t want to know about the sexcapades of a 14-15 year old girl. Ditto for Carrie’s father, Tom (Matt Letscher). For some reason, I find his sexual storyline cringey even though I was fine with other parents doing it, like Sandy and Kristen in The O.C. Larissa (Freema Agyeman) is brilliant for comic relief but her character feels too OTT to be genuine. She is so loud, colourful and vibrant but I love the partying influence she has on Carrie.

Dorritt, Carrie & their dad,Tom.

Dorritt, Carrie & their dad,Tom.

The biggest issue of all is the relationship of Carrie and Sebastian (Austin Butler). It just doesn’t feel true. Yes, they love each other but they are so on-and-off over the most pathetic things. I know some couple are like that in real life but it is infuriating. I also find the dialogue between them can be rather cheesy. What concerns me the most about the show is that I don’t relate to Carrie, whereas in SATC, she was my favourite and I felt like I was most like her.  She annoys me a lot in that she always wants things to be perfect, she breaks up with Sebastian after a silly little fight and she just worries about everything. Don’t get me wrong, I think AnnaSophia is doing a great job-I love her and her look- I just don’t think Carrie has been given much depth.

Sebastian & Carrie

Sebastian & Carrie

Perhaps if the show had a full 22/24 episodes first season, we might have discovered more about the characters and grown to love them. I feel like we were just getting to the dramatic stage at the very end, so if season two brings more of that then I will watch it.

I love the music, the clothes, the hair and all the 80s bits. I do enjoy watching it and there have been some great scenes but I just want the characters to be more fleshed out and real. The story arcs don’t last long (except Walt and Maggie’s) so we don’t feel for the characters as much as we should. The plot needs more meat to it and I feel it is gradually getting there.

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It is very unlikely the show will get a season two as it doesn’t make financial sense looking at the figures (under 1 million already!) If it is does, the characters need more to them, the storylines need to be more complex and dramatic so we can really get into the story and the people. It does have the opportunity to be great, I think it just realised it too late. It began too nice and then didn’t have enough time to create a truly dramatic plot. The finale was great in terms of drama so if The CW gives it a chance and the show makes these changes, I reckon season two could be really good.

 

Do you agree with my criticisms?! Do you think anymore changes should be made?! What did you like/dislike about the show?

All the celebs are at Coachella!

Man, I so badly wish I was at Coachella! Not just because it is an epic three-day festival in California but for the sheer number of celebrities in attendance. You would be able to spot so many there!

The festival has become so popular that it now runs over two weekends. Coachella Valley is near Palm Springs in Southern California, making it about a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles. This means that all the celebs that live there want to go for a well deserved break!

I’m so jealous. I want to go. Here are some of the top pictures from the event.

Katy Perry 

Rihanna 

Fergie & Josh Duhamel 

Vanessa Hudgens & Austin Butler 

Joshua Jackson & Diane Kruger 

Lily Collins & Emma Watson 

Lea Michele & Lauren Conrad

Paris Hilton 

Emma Roberts & Chord Overstreet 

(who recently got back together!)

Elijah Wood 

Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder 

Kate Bosworth & boyfriend 

 And that’s not even the lot! There were more celebs there including Cory Monteith, Lindsay Lohan, Jared Leto, Emile Hirsch, Whitney Port, Kellan Lutz, Camille Belle, Usher, Josh Henderson and more! It absolutely crazy how many there are. If I went, I would definitely spend more time celeb-hunting than paying attention to the music!