Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, 8.7/10, is the 9th film from the beautifully brilliant director Quentin Tarantino and he is still doing what he does best. This is a love letter to the swinging 60’s Hollywood. Following amazingly intriguing characters and taking them on a journey that for the most part you may not be too sure what to make of. But I can assure you that it is thoroughly entertaining.

The plot focuses on the down and out television actor – Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) – and his stunt double and good friend Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt) as they both strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final days of Hollywood’s golden age.

The cinematography and soundtrack are perfectly utilised to transport you into that setting, it gives the audience a true feel for the Los Angeles lifestyle. The phenomenally talented ensemble aid the success of this film, DiCaprio and Pitt create an onscreen camaraderie that is hilarious and they deliver some remarkable displays of their acting abilities in solo moments too. Margot Robbie also gives a brilliant performance as Sharon Tate, not saying a lot, but bringing Tate back to life for a short while. As is customary for a Tarantino flick I was expecting a blood bath, however that is not the case with Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood. It seems like the violence was reined back and when utilised wasn’t for a shock value by any means, if anything it actually had me in stitches. This film has some pacing issues but no where near as bad as Hateful Eight or enough to compromise the feature. It does however stylishly take you on a non-linear narrative that will require and reward your full attention.

If you don’t like Tarantino, then one, we can no longer be friends, and two this film will not be the film to change that opinion. What Tarantino has aimed to do, and pulled off so brilliantly was take back the events of 8th August 1969 and pass it back to Hollywood. This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year and I urge you to go and see it. If you have no prior knowledge of that date then it may be worth doing your homework so you get the most from what Tarantino has done.

Picture: 8/10

Sound: 9/10

Narrative: 8/10

Acting: 9/10

Originality: 8/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 10/10

Overall rating….. 8.7/10

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