Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

How wonderful to have Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate watch the actual Sharon Tate in the movie theater. (And so soon after we’ve seen DiCaprio dropped into “The Great Escape,” which is itself a nice character moment for Rick, but it’s also a sly admission. “Sure, we could’ve put Robbie in this Tate film. But we didn’t.”)

On first viewing, that theater scene broke me. On this viewing, it was the final two or three minutes, starting with Sharon’s voice over the intercom. Then there’s the crane shot up and over the house as Rick is taken through the not-quite-pearly-but-certainly-heavenly gates. Despite all this fulfillment, the melancholy Maurice Jarre piece plays over the soundtrack and reminds us that this is, after all, just a fairy tale.

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