TheMartianNextDoor’s review published on Letterboxd:
This was not at all what I expected.
Incredible performances by two of the best actors in the world with Pitt and DiCaprio. This film is beautifully shot and the setting is perfectly set. This doesn’t have much of a story honestly, I was missing some of the Tarantino touch in that department. But this movie was more about a time and place. Put these relatable and human characters into a real historical moment and see how the story changes.
We saw snapshots of all the golden ages of Hollywood from the 40s/50s up through the event that popped the Free Love/ American Dream movement bubble. Where the hippie movement ended and reality set in. And a strong argument can be made that the Manson murders can be given a lot of the credit for that.
The scene with Cliff on the roof having a flashback was hilarious and perfectly excecuted. I was never bored during the long run time, but I did find myself wondering where we were driving across town to now.
I loved the ending, and am still confused about why it happened the way it did. The film was building up to the inevitable violent confrontation and it did not disappoint.
So as much as I loved this movie, and as much as it really did some new things in terms of filmmaking, it still might be at the bottom of my list of Tarantino movies. I haven’t seen Jackie Brown in years so I don’t remember it as much, but I can definitely say I liked most of his other films more than I liked this. Doesn’t mean much, but it’s still a fact.