Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★

First viewing had me stunned, and I had already gushed that this was the best damn thing I’d seen all year. On second watch, I’ve decided that this is undoubtedly one of the best films of the entire decade. Tarantino is at the top of his game here, as not a single scene of this film feels wasted. They flow into each other perfectly, all serving an eventual purpose. What surprised me most about this rewatch was how much this idea is exemplified. There are a plethora of immensely satisfying set-ups and payoffs (ex: the Chekhov’s Gun of the flamethrower being placed in the first ten minutes of the film). Tarantino’s most mature film, and upon a third viewing, maybe even his best. Magnificent stuff.

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