mariah’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hot August night
And the leaves hanging down
And the grass on the ground smelling sweet
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is both a departure from the director's signature style, as well as a culmination of all things 1960's Los Angeles. He manages to craft a world that's not real, but could have been real if things had gone a tad differently, and oh what a world that would be.
This film is two hours and fourty five minutes but breezes along rather quickly while still keeping a signature slow Tarantino pace. It doesn't try to be anything other than what it is: a glimpse into a very real past, with a few fictional alterations. And my my my, is it stunning.
I don't know what else to say about this film without spoiling it, and I don't like writing spoiler reviews. Also, I want to see this again before I say anymore about it. Until then, just know that this film touched me, made me laugh, and tickled my anxiety more ways than Tarantino has ever done before. He's reinvented himself, and I really enjoy this new look on him.