Matt Crosby’s review published on Letterboxd:
Unquestionably the most memorable theatrical experience of the last 5 years of my life, probably more. This was the highest level of excitement for a movie that I had in years and it totally surpassed expectations.
I love pretty much everything about Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, but specifically the structure. Every minute with these characters is so enjoyable, but I love when it breaks off into their different perspectives over one day. It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite, I could spend countless time with any of the three leads. Quentin Tarantino takes the classic fairy tale model and replaces princesses and knights with actors and stunt doubles. He’s definitely mastered the history reimagined technique, because the final act plays absolutely flawlessly and in the hands of someone else I’m not sure it would.
1969 was such a critical year for the film industry and culture in general and this movie helps remind us why. Tarantino is just able to accomplish so much in 2 hours and 40 minutes, and though I’m typically one for tighter runtimes, I could’ve spent even more time in this world. QT’s ability to strike this perfect balance of serious and hilarious leaves me in complete awe. Sometimes ‘Masterpiece’ gets thrown around too easily, but Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood certainly fits the bill in my book.