Directed by: Janek Ambros
Written by: Janek Ambros, Marcus Hart, Chris Blim
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A man from the fifth dimension begins a journey to find out just what makes Hollywood Hollywood. At the start of the film, he learns that Hollywood is "Mondo" and sets out to find out what "Mondo" actually means. Mr. Fifth dimension is directed to a drug dealer who is suffering PTSD over the loss of his cat because it's this man who will tell him what "Mondo" means, only he doesn't. Instead, Mr. Fifth begins a journey where he meets up with the different groups of people that form the majority of Hollywood. In short? Mondo Hollywoodland is an exploration of the city that focuses on Hollywood culture. This film is quite the trip.
Using flashy effects, color, and groovy sounds, and backing tracks, Mondo Hollywoodland is like falling down the rabbit hole after taking not just the red pill, but the blue pill also. It's about large groups of people that are mostly unlikeable but comedic in the sense you could never believe people are actually like this. They couldn't be ... could they? From a silver-spooned actress and her crazy, insane demands to .. well yes, an alien who I thought would feature a much more prominent role in the film. If it can be snorted or even if it can't, it'll be featured here, and while I did find this film funny it will only appeal to those with a strange sense of humor, like myself.
Mondo Hollywoodland is not your typical film and more closely resembles those "experimental" movies mainstream audiences try and shy away from. It's one of those movies that, at some point, a "self-named" indie film aficionado will bring up in an attempt to sound knowledgable. That's not a bad thing because it means no matter what the situation is with film sales Mondo Hollywoodland is bound to find its audience even if it doesn't happen right away.
This title is at its best during the first half, and once it tries to really sort itself out, it loses a bit of its charm. It's also a lengthy experience with a runtime of over an hour and a half. It doesn't sound too long to write out, but considering the content Mondo Hollywoodland eventually begins to burn itself out. Importantly? I laughed more than I thought I would, and overall, this was a pretty risky title to make. The risk paid off. This isn't your normal movie for normal people. It's one for the rest of us.