Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

Flawless. Auteur Quentin Tarantino gives us a film that is quite different from all his others, yet still doesn't exist outside the boundaries of what we've come accustomed to be the Tarantino touch.

The characters and their world are alive, and they are certainly there... feeling and breathing. I cannot recall the last time the Hollywood scene was captured with so much heart, colour and honesty. Leonardo DiCaprio is the standout performer as Rick Dalton, a man who has to come to terms with his acting career fizzling out right before his very eyes. Brad Pitt, never too far behind, brings his A-game in the form of his cool persona which, as always, absolutely fades into the supportive structural role to Dalton's story in the form of Cliff Booth. The other side-story of Sharon Tate and the Charles Manson family is handled in a spectacularly defter historical revisionist touch as compared to Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, and this is what makes ...Hollywood stand apart from and above those ones.

Tarantino, at the age of 56, seems more content than ever, that we are all born into our roles amidst all the various identity markers and systemic influences that try to shade our characters and dispositions, but can never quite outshine the impression that our hearts intend to make. And I couldn't be more happier for the man.

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