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Jacob Ferguson @fergyfilms’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
This movie is a mixed bag and I can see why some just do not like it whatsoever.
Technically, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one of Tarantino's weaker efforts. None of the cinematography blew me away, it seems extremely standard in fact. Some of the editing and storytelling is also extremely choppy. For example, There's a scene showing Sharon Tate (being played by Margot) going to see her new movie, and inside the theater, Tarantino had Margot reacting to movie footage featuring the real Sharon Tate. This was done as a tribute- which is nice and all- but super confusing to anyone watching who doesn't know the story beforehand. Although none of the technical aspects are "bad" by any means, in fact it's all still pretty acceptable, I'm just tough because of how damn good Tarantino's other movies look. Now to the positives.
As they say, story is everything, and boy is it true here. The characters are INCREDIBLY loveable, the dialogue is mostly entertaining, and the setting is beautiful & vibrant. This is one of those movies that'll make you wish you could step inside of the world they inhabit just so you could sit down and have a drink with Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth. However, given this movie is basically aimless and basically just a slice-of-life set in 1969, I can see how some will find it extremely boring if they don't quite connect with the characters of Rick and Cliff.
I really wanna dive into more details and talk about how much I love stories that revision history and how much I loved the brighter tone for Tarantino, but I fear that I'll give away spoilers and it's 5 AM in the morning.