Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★½

I knew that one way or the other, I'd change my feelings on rewatch. I still really enjoy this, but the indulgence is in the extreme. It's not that I don't think Tarantino has earned the right to be indulgent, but a nearly 3-hour movie that exists at least partially for the reason of self-reference is too much. It really only needs the final 45 minutes to tell its story, the preceding two hours is just hangouts, anecdotes and more product placement for the Tarantino-verse of zany items. Each segment has interest on its own, but none of them are really connected in any way.

I like the short film "Sharon Tate goes to see her own movie"
I like the short film "Why Cliff Booth doesn't work no more"
I like the short film "Rick Dalton and the eight whisky sours"
I like the short film "Cliff and the hitchhiker"
I fucking hate that Emile Hirsch still gets work
and I like the short film "An alternate history on Cielo drive"

However string them together and you've got an overlong, over-indulgent piece of self aggrandizing navel gazing.

Looks great in 4K by the way.

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