Marlon De Niro’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm as real as a donut, motherf*****.
Finally watched this! I know, I'm way behind. I still haven't even seen Joker yet for crying out loud. But it feels great now being able to see some of the year's biggest Oscar contenders. It's truly the most wonderful time of the year.
In my opinion, Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood is worse than the sum of its parts. I think it could have told a more compelling story, and had more flow and momentum narratively.
The individual parts of this film are all so brilliant and excellent that I can't help but really dig this movie. Tarantino is a legend. He makes movies with such a high level of excellence while at the same time keeping them funny and entertaining. And his directing in this film is just impeccable. I love the way he crafts scenes. And the editing often goes hand in hand with making the scenes so good, and in my opinion should get that Oscar over the Irishman.
And the performances, bro! Leonardo Dicaprio is back for the first time since his Oscar win, and just as brilliant as ever. Showing us all again why we love him so much. He's funny, but vulnerable. Cool, but insecure. The dude is ELECTRIC on screen, and one of the greatest actors alive.
Brad Pitt is also great. He turns the cool up to 11. And I lapped up every bit of it. Just wrap up that Oscar for him right fricking now.
Other things I loved.
The sound design for the cars.
The colors and cinematography.
Sharon watching her own movie.
The post credits scene.
The little girl's dedication to acting.
Brad Pitt trippin.
And basically everything else.
There are like 14 scenes I could rewatch a million times. And while it maybe all didn't come together to create the best movie of all time, there's just so much good here I can't help but love it.