Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★

Immensely entertaining, one of the most enjoyable films of the year. Leonardo Di Caprio is excellent and Brad Pitt delivers one of his finest performances. Margaret Qualley and Julia Butters are revelations. This is essentially an examination/love letter of Hollywood, exploring the changes it underwent, viewing it from both a cynical (Rick Dalton) and optimistic (Sharon Tate) side. The cinematography, production design and soundtrack are excellent. The entire sequence in which Dalton acts in a new Western film they're making might be my favorite sequence out of any film this year so far. And the last 30 minutes of this film are insane, hilarious and truly amazing. However, and I hate to say this, but this is not a perfect movie. In fact, it might be my least favorite Tarantino movie. There are numerous scenes throughout the film that are very thinly sketched, which unfortunately makes them drag on for too long. This is mainly due to the fact that the film lacks a lot of Tarantino's signature rhythmic dialogue, instead opting for a more realistic and human approach, one that worked perfectly in Jackie Brown but struggles here. My biggest issue I believe has to do with how little we see of Margot Robbie's take on Sharon Tate. I understand what Tarantino was going for, making her more of an idea than a character, one that represents the more optimistic side of Hollywood. However, I feel that the previously mentioned contrast between the two perspectives on Hollywood's changes would have worked a lot better had they developed her side more. There's also a lot of actors who are unfortunately a little underused, mainly Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning and Bruce Dern. In fact, the entire Spahn Ranch side of the story is underused and underdeveloped. Same goes with Cliff Booth's past which is essentially dropped and forgotten about. I feel like I'm being a little too critical because I did have a blast watching this film, it's just that I was hoping for more I suppose.

P.S: I was the only one in the theater who laughed out loud at the mention of a certain Italian director and I'm not sure how I feel about this lol

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