Once Upon a Time in Hollywood New Movie Review

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood New Movie

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood New Movie Review


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie Review:Quentin Tarantino's new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ... has many things at once: it's stylish, nostalgia-soaked, often indulgent, and disappointingly passive for a good part. Still it is very attractive. The film is a love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood, and also a bold mix of fact and fiction.
Set in the year 1969, the film allows Tarantino to refer to music, fashion, cool cars, movie stars, and headlines of that period. It is driven by the filmmaker's dark humor and explosive violence, and yet something different about this ninth film of his - it is indescribably emotional. Now there's a word you don't usually associate with him!
Ironically, two of Hollywood's biggest film stars are playing — the Hollywood type. Leonardo DiCaprio is Rick Dalton, once popularly known as a television star, now crippled by alcoholism and self-doubt. Her most loyal, and possibly her only friend is her stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who is also her driver and all-round apprentice. The men share a close bond. The voice-over describes Booth as "a friend who is more than a brother and a little less than a wife". When Dalton tears up that his career is over, Booth gives him his aviators and a talk talk. "You're fucking Rick Dalton," he reminds her.
Both artists are in very good form, each offering a fun, emotionally complex, layered performance. DiCaprio plays the role of Dalton, as usual and carefree, while Booth appears calm and confident. Pitt plays him as a man of few words. In one of the film's funniest scenes, Booth is fired from the set of The Green Hornet, when he gets involved in a war with a particularly pointless Bruce Lee.
Better than him is Sharon Tate, the starlet and wife of film director Roman Polanski, who is Dalton's neighbor in the Hollywood Hills. Margot Robbie is cute, if a Ted underdressed, as Tate; She sees the 26-year-old innocent, whose star is rising. In an engaging scene, which goes on for a very long time, Tate slips into a cinema hall and takes excited reactions to his latest film.
But we already know that the actress' life was tragically short at the hands of 'followers' of cult leader Charles Manson, while eight and a half months pregnant. So naturally we are waiting a good part of the film, to see how Tarantino will wrap things up. I am not going to spoil anything for you on that front except that it is outrageous, unpredictable and strangely satisfying.
But despite so much, the film's pacing is problematic. You will find yourself particularly restless in the first hour, where very little is actually done. There is a gust of a plot, but at times it seems that Tarantino has only a collection of entertaining scenes and moments that make themselves feel complete, but not important to the fabric of the story.
Also the film has a lot of (and I mean a lot!) References to old films and television that the filmmaker definitely loves. We get lengthy scenes from the film within the film, which are ultimately tedious because they are much shorter than Tarantino as his inner geek.
Still, everyone said and did, Once Upon a Time… a violent, often funny, but always hearty Valentine for a specific time and place in Hollywood. Robert Richardson's artistic photography, provocative production design and fleeting appearances developed by the legendary characters of the day, take you through an era of Hollywood glamor that proves to be tough to resist. The film may not be Tarantino's best, but it is a change, a change offering that offers many unexpected pleasures


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