Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★

Quentin Tarantino’s comedy drama in which a faded television actor and his stunt double strive to get fame and success in the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.

Quentin Tarantino’s previous film was The Hateful Eight, the comedy drama which was released four years earlier, which saw Ennio Morricone win the Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Original Score, while Jennifer Jason Leigh was up for those awards in the Best Supporting Actress categories.

I think the expectations for the director’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, were high, most notably because of the presence involving Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, which does make the film appeal straight away.

Also, the film is set in the final years of my favourite era of cinema – but having said this, my expectations were low as I was not excited for this film before its release and my expectations have proven to be correct.

Actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) expanded celebrity and fortune by appearing in a 1950s television Western, but is now finding it hard to locate evocative employment in a Hollywood that he doesn't identify anymore. He devotes the majority of his time drinking and diminishing around with Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), his easygoing best pal and longtime stunt double.

Rick also occurs to live next door to Roman Polanski (Rafał Zawierucha) and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) – the movie director and promising actress whose prospects will persistently be changed by associates of the Manson Family.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio both give OK performances in their respective roles as Cliff Booth and Rick Dalton, the stunt double and television actor who are both looking for a big break in the final years of the Golden Era of Hollywood. But, for me, it’s a shame, because the two characters on occasions, have other things going for them, rather than actually trying to focus on what they are supposed to be doing.

Elsewhere, Rafał Zawierucha and Margot Robbie are both OK in their respective roles as Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, the film director and upcoming actress whose futures are shattered – with Sharon’s in the cruellest possible way. It is not the only problems the movie has.

The direction from Tarantino is OK but it should have been better, such as showing more facial expressions to a stronger effect, while also having more of a tense atmosphere happening as well – this doesn’t occur much.

The script is written to an OK standard by the director as it is weak in places and there are scenes that did not need to be in the final edit, so the duration didn’t need to be as long as it was and the pace is slow. It does feel that this film runs for longer than 161 minutes.

Also, the violence in the film is disturbing to look at, particularly towards the ending of the film, whereas I also think that particular scene is overdramatic on occasions, which doesn’t help.

To those of you who adore Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I totally respect that. This film is just not for me and it is the weakest film from the director I have seen from him so far.

Overall, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an unsatisfactory comedy drama, due to the okay performances, direction, weak script, slow pace, long duration, a lack of tension and character determination, along with disturbing and overdramatic violence.

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