Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Listen, I love a stacked cast. I love watching Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) buy a book. I love watching Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) fix a TV antenna. I love watching Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) talk to a child actor on set. I love movies set during California summers. I love movies that hone in on 60s nostalgia. I love movies about Hollywood. But what I believe this movie deserves more criticism of the long run-time. I loved the ending, but mostly for how it started picking up speed. The day-in-the-life style of this movie warranted a shorter run time because sadly, I felt it started dragging. For fans of Tarantino's work, I'm sure what I'm saying is blasphemy. But this is definitely not the best movie of 2019.

That's not to say this isn't a well-crafted movie, it 100% is. I did have some moments I loved, including all the scenes between Cliff and Rick. Specifically, the scene in which they're commenting on one of Rick's TV episodes. I like how Tarantino messes with history, I love this re-interpretation of Sharon Tate's fate. It feels cathartic in the way Inglourious Basterds felt. The bad guys don't win, and face over-the-top violence as punishment. Sharon Tate is multidimensional, and the audience grows to love her, despite her criminally short screen-time.

But, it's important to mention that Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, found it offensive that Tarantino seems to be presenting his version of Bruce Lee as accurate. '“It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at my father.”' It's disappointing to see a caricature of an Asian man who faced many challenges to achieve the level of success that he did.

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