Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

Rewatching as this joins my blu ray library. This doesn’t have all of the signatures of Tarantino’s movies, no witty monologue and restrained violence until the final sequence, but it does have cinematic wish fulfillment of the Manson murders. He offers something very new for himself. The dog food scene is an exercise in the mundane telling us a ot about a character much like the Michael Madsen scenes in Kill Bill 2. The Ranch scene is a fake out of the confrontation expected from one of his movies or a western for masterful suspense. The final scene through the gate is a clear ascension to heaven for a fictional stand in for the filmmaker to give a celebratory night for the victims rather than a grizzly death... or carving a swastika into the forehead of the bad guy. You can’t really get that satisfaction when Charlie did it himself.

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