Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★½

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most recognizable directors still working today. His name, along with names like Spielberg and Nolan, represent the small group of directors who can sell a film based on their presence alone. Tarantino has amassed a rabid fan base due to his consistency as a director, as well as his unique blend of influences, snappy dialogue, and a penchant for violence. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the director’s ninth film, and his first since 2015’s underrated The Hateful Eight. But this one feels different. There is no “royale with cheese” type scene, or anything similar to the opening of Reservoir Dogs. Once Upon a Time instead opts to be a long and loving gaze into a bygone era, where things seemed to be much simpler than they are today. Any admirer of classic Hollywood will be utterly transported by this film, which is fantastical almost to the point of being dreamlike at times. One thing that is always apparent when watching a Tarantino movie is just how much he loves film, and here it is no different. I really don’t need to tell you that the shots are great, or that DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie are amazing, or that you should go see this on the big screen right now, but there you go.

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