Once Upon a time in Hollywood - 26 July 2019 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. It’s intentionally slow paced and won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but is a solid addition to Tarantino’s impressive catalogue even if it is not among his best.
Highlights are DiCaprio and Pitt who are both excellent as the leads and share a genuine buddy chemistry and are also surprisingly hilarious in many scenes. Margot Robbie shines as Sharon Tate even though her dialogue is minimal, her body language and innocence shines bright. Margaret Qualley stands out as equally creepy and seductive as one of the Manson family. The production design and costume design is also fantastic and transports you back to the look and feel of the 60s.
The films final act is both bonkers and genius at the same time, taking a literal spin on history and solidifying the movies fairy tale title. It’s refreshing to see original movies being made like this in the theater and I welcome more.