Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

"Don't cry in front of the Mexicans."

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is definitely a love letter from QT to his beloved Hollywood of the late '60s. It's full of locations and movie house marquees and posters for various films that are right up his alley. I had fun pointing out the ones that we have here at home, yet haven't watched to my wife, hoping to stir up her curiosity to see them sooner rather than later. (If it works, I'll let you know.)

The fictional characters blend in well with the real people from that era as the film meanders from studio space to studio space showing films that Rick Dalton's been in, is currently filming and, in the case of The Great Escape, one he didn't get, but tried out for. Meanwhile, Sharon Tate goes to one of her films and Rick's stunt double, Cliff, gets involved with one of the Manson family.

I was more than a bit concerned with how Tate and the Manson clan were going to be used in the film, but I had nothing to be worried about. Margot Robbie does a great job portraying Tate with some very subtle little movements and gestures. She doesn't have many lines, but she doesn't need them. I was most impressed by her performance out of all of them. The Manson family is fun, yet spooky as they wander around getting up to no good, especially at the Spahn Ranch, where most of their material winds up being. There are so many members that it was hard to pick out all of the people that I knew were playing them. This will definitely be one of those films that requires more than one viewing.

The soundtrack is fantastic, like it is in every Tarantino film, with so many tracks playing in succession that I'm still not sure what all I heard. The violence is playful at first, but gathers steam as it moves to the film's climax. That's when things get really fun.

It's definitely a different kind of film for Quentin, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it again.

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