Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★½

Brad Pitt’s character, stuntman Cliff Booth, drives a blue VW Karmann Ghia convertible (notably at unnecessarily high speed, down the winding Cielo Drive). The Bride drives a blue VW Karmann Ghia convertible in Kill Bill Vol 2. This is also happens to be the infamous car that Tarantino forced Uma Thurman to drive until it crashed, causing Uma major injury and nearly killing her. 

The story goes that Uma insisted that she did not feel comfortable driving the car (particularly not down a twisty hill road), and specifically requested a stunt double for the job. Tarantino said no. In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a stunt man is the one driving the car after all. This is an achingly poignant movie that longs to rewrite the wrongs of the past, clearly, in more ways than one. What makes it so poignant, though, is its tragic admission that there are some things that the power of cinema simply can’t change. To think otherwise would be believing a fairy tale.

“The crash was one of the biggest regrets of my life.” - QT

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