matt qt’s review published on Letterboxd:
I really enjoy how Tarantino deviated from his typical formula with this film. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Tarantino’s American set period film, which is a period that Tarantino seems to adore. In my opinion, Tarantino’s style flourishes the most in this format, when his stories seem to have no sense of direction and devolve into complete chaos. This is definitely one of Tarantino’s more slow-burn type of films, and I am all for it. His dialogue is as perfect as ever, and this film is far less flashy than Tarantino’s other works. This non flashy style lends itself to more fleshed out characters and a more resonant story rather than just evoking momentary shock. Pitt and DiCaprio delivered performances that complimented this film perfectly. I love this new type of style that Tarantino took on and I hope he continues to use it in the future.