Tom!! 🚀’s review published on Letterboxd:
It’s hard to talk about Tarantino films without wanting to compare them to his others. I will try and restrain myself from these comparisons in this review because in my opinion this is the least Tarintino of all Tarintino’s recent flicks. That’s not a bad thing. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is not the film I thought I was going to get. It’s not worse than that film. It’s different. And that’s fine by me.
One thing you have to give Tarantino is his passion for not only his work but for cinema in general. That passion oozes out of everything he does and that is still the case here. You can tell from the gorgeous cinematography that he is a man who cares deeply about this project.
But the director is barely anything without a great cast and that cast deliver 100% here. Decaprio, Pitt and Robbie are all on point here Which is to be expected from these three. There is so much confidence in all these performances but also The direction that I found it really hard not to get swept up in it and I got swept up gladly.
There are issues however and even though the script is tight I feel it could definitely be tighter I don’t get the same visceral feelings from conversations that I got from Tarintinos other works for example. The conversations in this didn’t feel as tightly packed as I would like which is a shame as that’s a lot of the film. Due to this the film shines more during its more ‘action ‘ orientated segments. I also feel that the afermentioned confidence Tarantino exhibits stops him from leaving some things on the cutting room floor and so for me the film felt a bit messy in places that stifled my enjoyment just a tad.
Overall I enjoyed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but unfortunatley not as much as I would have liked. A tighter script and maybe a few snips here and there would have made me swoon far more than I did. Regardless of that what is here is still really good and a must watch for a Tarintino or movie fan in general.