Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★½

The ninth film from Quentin Tarantino marks his first real attempt at melancholy. Set in 1969 Los Angeles, Tarantino indulges in the period detail, but often forgets to provide the vitality and irreverence that he is known for. The result is a shaggy 161-minute film that has several really great scenes and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, but represents a nadir for one of the most important filmmakers of my lifetime. Also, without going into spoilers, the less said about the extreme shift in tone of the last act, the better.