Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

I love this movie. Every performance is amazing. It's hilarious throughout. The soundtrack is incredible, but the thing I love most is Cliff and Rick's narrative.

Cliff's not the action hero he's always wanted to be, and we can pretty much be sure that he'll never be that hero-past crimes and violent tendencies weigh down on him, and outside of Rick's heart, the only place he's ever been truly appreciated in is Spahn ranch, and that's not what it used to be.

Rick's not finding the success he thought he would find out here in Hollywood. Being the big American star he's dreamed of being seems impossible with the roles he's getting and the verbal deficiencies he has. He has one option that could keep himself in the game: go to Italy. That's not what he ever dreamt of doing, but he's going to try it, just ride this acting career for a little longer before he goes back to limbo.

Months later-after Italy, they decide it's about time to split up. But on their final night together, Cliff is attacked by Manson followers from Spahn ranch, and he saves the day, with some help from his dog, from Francesca, and from Rick and his flamethrower, but he saves the day nonetheless. He's not the hero he imagined himself being, but he's is a hero now. Even though the world is changing, he still has a place in it.

As for Rick, once Cliff has saved the day and gone to the hospital, doors open. Polanski's gate opens, and now he has the chance to become the big American he always thought he would be. He still has a place in this world.

Both Cliff and Rick lost faith that they would have a place in this world with everything going on and all the changes happening, but as it turns out, they were wrong to do that. Neither of them will be as "useless" as Rick thinks-this of course being a reference to Rick's breakdown on set with the little girl.

As for Sharon's narrative-I love it too. I don't relate to it all, and I don't love it as much as Cliff and Rick's, but I think it's...for lack of a better word, because this sounds pretentious-but, I think it's profound

In real life, the thing Sharon Tate is most remembered for is dying. In this film, Tarantino tries to show us that she should be remembered as more than just a famous victim.

As for Manson's narrative, well, he's barely in it. The film gives him very little attention, and it does that because that's what we should do.

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