Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

Back when this came out at the height of the superhero craze, it was a sobering theatre experience. This was my second rewatch since then and I still love it. And that's from someone who tends to hate films centered around Hollywood.

Tarantino fooled everyone when he cast some of the biggest names of our time with Robbie, Pitt and DiCaprio and then went on to make a hangout movie. Brilliant! After being less enamoured with the director's two prior efforts - which I ascribe to the passing of editor Sally Menke (RIP) - Tarantino refined his style and again created something that feels effortless.

I would argue that every scene in this is as long as it needs to be, and also as funny, tragic or suspenseful as Tarantino wanted it to be. What ultimately sells it to me are all the lovely little moments, such as: the joyful day in the life of Sharon Tate, the nod to the era's Italian cinema, the Jodie Foster kid actor character, Bruce Lee getting slammed into a car and the most accurate depiction of two dudes watching TV together in cinematic history.

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