SocioJoe’s review published on Letterboxd:
With the 5 major distributors having released nothing of real interest all year long (It’s all derivation and mostly disappointing sequels.), one can’t help but eagerly anticipate the 9th film from Tarantino.
Yeah, it’s good. In fact, it IS the best movie released by a major distributor this year. But, it’s not Tarantino’s best.
Despite the great chemistry between Pitt (man, Pitt is great here) and DiCaprio, something feels lost or missing. And, the incredibly likable Margot Robbie has very few lines and is therefore kind of wasted, being left to look fabulous, but say little. The scene where Robbie's Sharon Tate goes to a movie theater to see herself on the big screen is magical. I wanted more of that.
Many pieces of this story fascinate and need more attention in order to resonate. The movie evokes an era and a feeling, but lacks narrative heft. I’m also not sure it all gels together that well. But, despite its shortcomings, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is beautifully, languorously shot.
This is a good way to spend two-hours-plus in a dark theater and is the best of this year’s wide releases from major distributors. It's a movie I like better the more I think about it. Perhaps I'll revisit in the future.