Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★

Tarintino delivers his most subdued, human, and personal film so far. Brilliant lead performances from Pitt, DiCaprio, and Robbie and a hell of an ending that feels earned, emotional, and cathartic. Rick Dalton might be the best (and most sympathetic) Tarintino character ever.   

I can’t not weigh in on the Bruce Lee stuff for a few reasons- I get what QT was trying but I felt he could have gotten the same results while paying a bit better respect to Lee. Sure this film is all larger than life but Lee is the only minority character (as he often was in real life) and it is a shame that it feels like such an icon gets the short end of the stick in his appearance. It’s not the worst - but it could have been a lot better.  As someone who feels excited every time we see an Asian face in a major American film it felt a little deflating to see Bruce of all people in this one as it came out in the end - in a vacuum it would be less irritating , but alas we do not live in one.  Maybe go watch Fist of Fury after if you’ve never seen a Lee film to balance the karmic scales. 

My other gripe was I was abit sad the QT dialogue was seemingly toned down. Still I think a few watches will be needed for me to really get settled on how I feel about this film, which is usually a sign of something good and thought provoking. Don't get me wrong though - this is one of the best films of the year.

Still, name a more iconic duo than Leo and his flamethrower. Can we Machete this please?

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