Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★½

There was a specific moment in this film where a cover of California Dreamin'  was played. In that moment I remember sinking into my seat with the sudden realisation that I was watching something truly special. The rest of the film did not falter this notion in the slightest. I really did not expect to use terms such as 'poignant' and 'emotional' to describe a film by QT, but here I am, having witnessed one of the best films I've seen all year and a pivotal title in what I view as a welcome shift in Tarantino's directorial style. A perfect and somewhat personal homage to the latter years of Hollywood's golden age. The potrayal of this time period was absolutely incredible and the performances by both Brad and Leo were great, both with character arcs that were a whole ton of fun to watch. 

Yet it was Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate who truly stole the show for me. Throughout the film, the sense of impending doom whenever she was on the screen was inevitable. Yet the way QT subverted my expectation in the ending just blew me away. It's the first time I looked at Sharon Tate and saw her as the woman she was. An actress proud of her work, on the cusp of motherhood. This made every other scene such as the one in the theatre far more poignant. We finally saw her as an individual in her own right, and not just a victim in the brutality of what occured in real life. Although it was bittersweet considering what actually happened, it was a beautiful homage to her. Something i didn't expect in a Tarantino. A truly wonderful film.

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