Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★

Tarantino’s revisionist history is his kindest film. It’s sweet and caring of its characters and its time. Tarantino captures the dividing line of show-biz where a group that exhibits such terror and unease can permeate a bubble such as Hollywood. Loneliness, anxiety and insecurity are at the center of 1969 in every aspect of the film. Where it shines, is where it lets its characters overcome them. In reality we never did.

DiCaprio’s best performance to date, which is saying a lot. Margot Robbie doesn’t have a lot to do but a lot of what is sweet about this movie is manifested in Tarantino’s care and play with Tate’s normalcy versus her star-power. Brad Pitt reminds you why he should keep acting. Production design, cinematography and costume design are all at their peak. Tarantino adds his flavorful camera to the 1960s-style aesthetic making an interesting blend of filmmaking from static, melodrama to edgy, pulp.

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