Chadwin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Theres a loooong stretch of this film where the “story” progresses at an incredibly slow pace; however, I wouldn’t necessarily say the pacing is hindering to the overall experience (though after a while the extensive number of driving scenes does become tedious). Though, as per usual, it’s always a delight to watch Tarantino’s characters interact with each other because you can always expect some great dialogue.
It’s no doubt a Tarantino film, but I couldn’t help but feel that it was a more “mature” version of his style, one that’s not so much focused on insane scenes of ultra-violence (not to say we don’t get a scene of that—in fact, it’s a GREAT scene) but rather it is more of a hangout film where we spend nearly 3 hours just following the characters and watch them live their lavish Hollywood lives—though it does frequently go off track to explore darker territory as Tarantino hints at the 3rd act throughout.
I (wrongfully) expected more of a story, but I was still pleasantly surprised at how entertained and invested I was, despite its near 3 hour runtime.
The last 20 minutes for SURE made the entire movie for me, and I feel like it’s not a coincidence that it just happens to be the section of the film that most resembles what I think of as Tarantino’s signature style.
It’s also not essential that you know much about the Tate murders, but if you’re not familiar at all you should do a quick Google search because it will definitely add another layer to that ending if you know at least a little about it.
I’m rewatching this tomorrow night so there’s a chance I could rate higher, I just need a little more convincing.
It’s also nearly 4 a.m. so if my thoughts aren’t coherent blame it on that 😬
20 MINUTES LATER UPDATE: I keep thinking about the ending and I think I’m already loving the movie more.