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Matthew B. Demented’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The film has many fairytale qualities to it, like the title and the alteration of history. You know that the contents, while they appear to be true, are absolutely false, but you wish that they weren’t.
Everything before the final scene was magnificent, but that final scene. Damn.
How about we kill the people who taught us to kill?
A beautiful deconstruction of violence by Tarantino. Which is hilarious, but very appropriate for him to tell. These already unstable people grew up on the ruthless violence on TV and in the movies. They grew up in an era of the glorification of violence, and while most people can enjoy it and not let it affect them, some people internalize that content and turn it into something else.
These teenagers and young adults, already brought up on violence in the media, were brought under the wing of Charles Manson to use them as vessels for his deplorable and horrific ideals.
That fight scene was the burst of the bubble that started ever since the movie began. Throughout the whole movie, there’s an undercurrent of dread as you see the Manson Family and you have a bad feeling of how the movie ends. Until, they stop by Rick Dalton’s house and met a very high, but very alert, Cliff Booth, and they are not prepared for him. His swift actions and moves relived any tension the audience may have, and turned that worry and anticipation into laughter.
The film ends with “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood” finishing on a mark on what should’ve been, and not what unfortunately actually happened.
Most can agree that the murders of Sharon Tate, her unborn child, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, and Steven Parent done by Ted Watson, Susan Atkins, and Linda Kasabian of the Manson Family changed America and the golden ideal of the 60’s.
It exposed the darker side of the hippie movement that was still popular at the time. The “Sharon Tate Murders” killed that peace-loving attitude and carefree mood of the 60’s and changed America forever. With this knowledge, Tarantino asks the question, “What if these unspeakable crimes never happened?”
A magical tribute to the twilight years of the golden age of Hollywood, the film shines the brightest among every other one like it, there’s no magic like cinema.