Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★

Less enthused this go around. Maybe I've outgrown Tarantino, but I am certainly getting bored by his films. There's some great stuff here, and almost all of it exclusively involves Margot Robbie's Sharon Tate. This looks incredible in its production design (handsomely mounted as one might say) and I like a lot of the hang-out vibes and how it meanders—but I never feel like it gains momentum when it should, particularly when it's 160 minutes. And some of this feels so out-dated in form and structure, like Tarantino hasn't developed since the late-90s (like he just finally saw MAGNOLIA or something). Feels too self indulgent—tho all films are self-indulgent to an extent—and the climax leaves me cold because I don't see the purpose in Tarantino's warping history. (It also bugs me how he pays so much attention to recreating only certain elements of the era in texture and visuals, like scenes from BOUNTY LAW, but he constructs THE 14 FISTS OF MCLUSKEY like it's a spoof made in like 1996. I can just hear Tarantino cackling and clapping his hands at the make-believe.)

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