Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Call me crazy, but I think this is my new favorite Tarantino film. I came to this realization sometime around when the trailer for this film dropped that despite loving what few Tarantino films I had seen, I couldn't really call myself a fan of his. That has most definitely changed with this film.

I knew when the varying reactions came in about this film I would love it. This is Tarantino at his most humble, his most comedic, and his most meaningful. The film is basically the man's thesis statement on the changing landscape of cinema, art, and culture as a whole viewed through a very specific point in time, and holy crap, does the ending ever bring that home in an incredibly profound way that I really don't want to give away.

This is such a fun-loving, creative, and endearing look at the film industry without the distraction of any concrete narrative through line, as Tarantino would rather prefer for his characters to just float from scene to scene and grapple with their own personal hurdles, insecurities, and aspirations. It absolutely further solidifies something I've thought about forever now:

In order to make movies like Tarantino, you can't make movies like Tarantino.

What Tarantino does is he throws so much of what he adores and finds interesting about cinema, music, a certain time period's aesthetic, personality traits, etc., throws them all in this giant stew and there's his movie. What young, budding filmmakers I don't think realize all too often is that the man has created films that express his interests that are specific to him and trying to imitate or emulate that actually means forging your own path like Tarantino forged his. Take what you love about his style and his films, recontextualize them in your own voice and you've made a film like his.

This film is a masterful love letter and effigy to a time period that was brutally snuffed out and a message of luck to the oncoming generation of filmmakers. I couldn't be happier with it.

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