Adam Goudchaux’s review published on Letterboxd:
My NON SPOILER first thoughts on Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood:
10/10 ***** A+ and any other cliche you can think of for a film that is a masterpiece. Yes, I said it. Now keep in mind, I’m an LA born and raised guy who loves everything 1965-1969 and LOVES QUENTIN TARANTINO MOVIES. I may be a little biased.
This film is not only QT’s best since Jackie Brown. It may be his best period. I still need to think on that. As it stands right now I put my Tarantino top 4 as:
1) Reservoir Dogs
2) Pulp Fiction
3) Jackie Brown
4) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood...
Add two new iconic characters to the QT canon Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton. This is probably the best LA movie I’ve seen since Boogie Nights. QT captures every nuance of the time and place obsessively. From KHJ on the radio to the Van Nuys Drive-In Theater. This film is also QT’s most tactile. You can almost touch and feel what’s on screen. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood lives and breathes and its characters and their moments are given time to live and breathe on screen. It’s tangible things like characters driving around the streets of Los Angeles in real cars, with real life going by; none of this green screen crap; detailed faux and real movie posters of the era, period accurate movie marquees, specifics on a dog food can, lovingly recreated TV westerns and the dirt on the bottom of burgeoning hippie Sharon Tate’s bare feet.
It’s the film QT was put on this planet to make. His most personal. As much emotion here as there is in Jackie Brown. And his best film about male bonding since Reservoir Dogs.
Highly highly recommended as if you couldn’t guess that. This is surely the best film I’ve seen all year. Will a QT film finally win Oscars for Best Picture and Director? This has a shot. It’s that good.
See it in 70mm and see it at the Cinerama Dome if you can! The time period is best represented on real film in an era specific theater!