Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★½

Perhaps the first film of QT’s I’ve found legitimately moving. The Manson murders brought a swift and permanent end to 1960s counterculture, and Tarantino has effectively captured that brief intersection of time in both real-world events and entertainment media that marked a seismic shift in American life. DiCaprio is magnificent (and hilarious) as he struggles both pathetically and profoundly with obsolescence, but it’s Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate whose performance has stayed with me. There’s a real sadness in how Tate’s name and memory are so dominated by the tragedy of her stolen life, but here the focus is on Tate’s recognition of her own value as a screen presence, and the joy she felt for the work she did. ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD. A fantasy in the city of dreams. It’s a perfect title.

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