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George Wyatt’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Dunno if other people are reading the ending of the film like this, but I personally think that Tarantino is showing the audience the reason they watch movies: to escape. Out of nowhere, Rick and Cliff become heroes, saving the day and preventing the death of Sharon Tate. In real life, eight month pregnant Sharon Tate was brutally murdered because there was no-one to protect her, but here, just like in the old Hollywood movies, the heroes save the day. If it were any other director, I would label this as a borderline parody, but with Tarantino it just strikes me as a love letter to old Hollywood. Even the title, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ sounds like a kind of fairytale. The audience are provided with a happy ending simply because, in real life, there is no such thing.