Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

I don't think it's possible for me to love this film any more than I do. I didn't want it to end, and judging from the run time, neither did QT.

I'm not the first to remark on this being Tarantino's warmest, most wistful film, but that's because it is; uniquely among his movies, this one creates an alternate universe mostly for one person, Sharon Tate, and offers it to her so that she can live in it and feel the love, the life, and maybe the success she was denied when she was murdered by the Manson Family.

Forget the whining about Tate's character not having enough lines- Margot Robbie's Sharon is the soul of the film, literally, and it's her mostly-wordless scenes that will stay with you long after the film has ended. The title tells the story- this is a fairy tale, and fairy tales always end the same way: "...happily ever after."

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS:

1) I didn't spot any Big Kahuna burgers in this film but that was more than made up for by the introduction of "Mean Dog" dog food- in rat flavor, bird flavor, and raccoon flavor!

2) A Wilhelm Scream in literally the first 45 seconds of the movie? Good to go ahead and get that out of the way, I guess.

3) Spaghetti westerns are maybe my favorite genre of film, and the fictional titles and posters for Italian flicks that Leo DiCaprio's Rick Dalton character stars in were so spot-on I was giggling like a kid in the theater.

4) Great performances are pretty much the norm in Tarantino's films, but the chemistry between Pitt and DiCaprio was absolutely terrific. I'm a fan of both guys, even though I don't like a lot of the movies they appear in- this felt like a career high for both of them, though.

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