Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

I can’t name many filmmakers where every single movie in their filmography is great. Its a rare feat. Quentin Tarentino is one of those filmmakers for me. Every time he comes out with something new, its a special sight. I loved everything he’s ever done and was dying to see his latest effort. Mixing fiction with factual events and a very interesting backdrop of the grizzly Manson clan murders. Also, a super stellar cast at his disposal. I know this film isn’t his strongest effort but I absolutely loved it.

The film is about a fading actor named Rick Dalton and his attempts to become relevant. He is close with his friend and stunt double, Cliff Booth. Dalton happens to reside next to Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski and his actress wife Sharon Tate. Tate and her friends soon become the target of the Manson family and their war against the “piggies”. The film has an ensemble cast but the primary players are Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

This film is crafted by a man who loves cinema. Every scene of the film; you can tell you have a seasoned filmmaker behind the camera. California during the sixties is encapsulated perfectly. Everything from the score to the costume to the visuals. The two leads are absolutely phenomenal. They have so much chemistry and play off each other very well. They are extremely likeable characters who you want to root for. Robbie has a smaller role in the film but she captures the innocent and sexy nature of Sharon Tate.

The film is long in running length and has a sparse often unrelated plot but that’s pure Tarentino. The gold is in the dialogue, the subtle and witty humor, and the connection between the characters and the world they live in. I love the liberties taken by Tarentino in retelling a story based on a terribly factual tragedy. Its revisionist but its done in a way where you absolutely adore what unfolds on screen. Not everyone will like this or rate this as highly as I do but this was pure cinema for me. So memorable and I can’t wait to see it again.

9/10

 

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