“Angelyne” approximates its topic in the incorrect methods: It’s huge, attention-getting and has all the depth of a billboard. Emmy Rossum stars and produced this restricted collection, which doesn’t profess to be fact however slightly a facsimile of it. In 12 months that’s already given the world the superior “Pam & Tommy,” think about this proof that spectacular make-up alone isn’t sufficient.
Making good use of interval songs to set each the time and kooky tone (Electric Light Orchestra will get an exercise), the story portrays the title character as a girl of thriller, one with huge desires who fastidiously avoids questions about her previous and repeats “I’m not a girl, I’m an icon” like a mantra.
Building a shrine to Marilyn Monroe, Angelyne sings with a bar band, pronounces she needs to be “like Barbie” and turns one man after one other into devotees, the key one for these functions being a billboard king (Martin Freeman) who acquiesces to her needs, even when the final objective of plastering her image throughout Los Angeles stays puzzling to everybody however her.
Using the drained gadget of fake direct-to-camera interviews, the topic is so impenetrable at first that the focus shifts in half to a leisure reporter (“Girls’” Alex Karpovsky) attempting to pull back the curtain on who Angelyne is.
The primary downside is that the opening episodes do little to encourage the endurance to stay round to seek out. Rossum speaks in a honeyed voice as she disappears into the position, mastering an attention-commanding strut even earlier than the character acquires her outsized cleavage. The solely notable wrinkle is that the characters hold questioning one another’s variations of occasions, though even that begins to develop stale comparatively rapidly.
The timing is meant to colour Angelyne as the authentic “Famous for being well-known” influencer/social-media star, the only one who operated in an analogue world. She’s additionally portrayed as the final embodiment of a Hollywood dreamer who meticulously created her picture and transformation.
In the accompanying press notes government producer, Allison Miller addresses these points, calling “Angelyne” “a story about Los Angeles and what every part of the metropolis means to individuals who transfer right here and to individuals who dream about transferring right here.”
Whether you purchase into the romance of that imaginative and prescient or view Hollywood as a model of “The Twilight Zone,” “Angelyne” doesn’t even discover a third dimension, a lot much less the fourth.
“Angelyne” premieres May 19 on Peacock.