I already liked it having seen it twice in the theater this summer, but this time felt like it actually might be his most enjoyable, mature film. It's totally his, but there are moments that feel like they come from the imaginations of some of the other Hollywood "auteurs" of his generation -- Wes Anderson, PT Anderson, and the Cohen brothers all come to mind. Like The Big Lebowski, this is just a world filled with characters I wanna hang out with. Makes the rewatchability factor high. Suspect this will grow even more in its stature over time.
"You who saw it all, or saw flashes and fragments, take from us this example, try and get yourselves together, clean up your act, find your community, pick up on some kind of redemption of your own consciousness, become more mindful of your own friends, your own work, your own proper meditation, your own proper art, your own beauty. Go out and make it for your own eternity." ~ Allen Ginsberg
More interested in character and world building than narrative formal structure, the first half is a bit of a “slow-burn,” but this pop-corn flick with a heart of gold leads to a totally kickass payoff. The cast is undeniably good top to bottom, but the one who makes the most of the “Tarantino Treatment,” is Pitt. His Cliff Booth is instantly iconic— a bold, beautiful, sun-soaked badass— and a role Pitt was born to deliver.
Couldn’t shake the feeling this would make a great double feature with Inherent Vice.