Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

Oh my gosh, this was fantastic.

I have mixed feelings on Tarantino. He's a masterful writer. He's crafted some of the most iconic characters and lines of dialogue ever put to any format. But he also tends to put his style above all else, and every one of his films is somewhat too long.

But in OUTIH, he focuses much more on the iconic characters and dialogue than anything else, and it's wondrous. I agree that it's an acquired taste. Most of the film is just people chilling around. But that fucking rocks in this case, because of how goddamn entertaining Leo and Brad are in this. Cliff Booth might just be my new favorite Tarantino character. The cast makes it. It wouldn't work anywhere near as well without those two.

Gorgeous cinematography, great soundtrack, brilliant acting. I know people are tired of hearing this, but it really is Tarantino's love letter to Hollywood, as retarded as that sounds. It works, somehow.

This is definitely his best film since Pulp Fiction.

9.5

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