Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★

An alternative timeline flick set in 1969 following a semi-washed up actor (Leonardo Dicaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) who moves next door to actress Sharon Tate.

I'm a fan of shooting a fictional story around real people and famous happenings. The 60s were ripe with plenty of great backdrops for stories and writer and director Quentin Tarintino uses that for this movie. Stephen King did this to great effect with a horror tale in/around the JFK assassination in the novel 11/22/1963

Before seeing this in the theater I didn't read any other reviews and only loosely knew what this movie was about. The first 30 minutes were slow and I was in parts bored of the fictional story involving the actor and his stunt double. I became more interested as scenes involving real people (fictionally portrayed, of course) were mingled with the fictional story, particularly anything and everything to do with the infamous Manson family.

I don't want to spoil anything so I won't mention anything else that happens in the movie, suffice to say, if you like alternative timeline stories this one grows on you. Kinda boring and substandard in the beginning but by the ending I was fully engaged. Not the best movie I've seen this month, but definitely not the worst.

Curious sidenote I saw another movie involving Sharon Tate on Amazon Prime this month, so I'm getting a good dose of the Manson family this month. If you like alternative timeline movies, this one is worth checking out (but not the other one though, The Haunting of Sharon Tate). If you want more of what really happened with the Manson family, then go read or see Helter Skelter.

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