Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★½

Tarantino tries something new. A story that isn’t hearts pumping and based around some central raison d’être. What it is instead, is a journey of one Rick Dalton, on his path through existential crisis. Add references of 60s Hollywood and voila, the film in a nutshell.

This movie is truly a character driven one, instead of revolving around a plot. This was the Brad Pitt-Dicaprio film. Their chemistry exemplifies the positives of masculine friendships, summarised in one line: “More than a brother, a little less than a wife”. However, the focus in these two translated negatively towards the other actors. If I removed Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate(a cause of controversy in the marketing), it wouldn’t make any fucking difference towarss the direction of this movie. 

But, I was charmed by the way Tarantino portrays slices of Hollywood life, reminding us all that the limelight can easily be taken away as it is granted. All except that ending. Amazed by the visceral, but not how it played out eventually. A little too Disney for my taste. (If that’s considered a spoiler please let me know).

On his 9th film now, Tarantino shows nuance in a way that still says “this is a tarantino film”.