Once Upon a Timeโ€ฆ in Hollywood

Once Upon a Timeโ€ฆ in Hollywood โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one of Tarantino's best, it might be too aimless for some but it hits a similar vibe as Jackie Brown; the overall mood of the movie is just cool and I want to hang out with these characters. Like Jackie Brown, I can see this one aging like fine wine and making its way to to the top of people's list when discussing Tarantino's filmography.

๐Ÿ‘: Tarantino is now responsible for writing 2 of the best roles for Leo. My favorite DiCaprio performance might still be Wolf of Wall Street but he is at the top of his game here. His portrayal of Rick Dalton as an actor on the decline is more nuanced and subtle than his comical Jordan Belfort. There is long build-up to his character arc and it delivers once on set: "That was the best acting I've ever see seen" and once at the very end, which I won't spoil. Rick Dalton is relatable because everyone of us have that moment in life where we face our own fears and question whether we are still relevant and DiCaprio's performance nails the anguish of a man with regrets looking for purpose in a world that is moving too fast for him.

๐Ÿ˜‚: Leo fumbling his lines and getting mad at himself is the hardest I've laughed in a while. He. Needs. To. Be. In. More. Comedies.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ: The attention to detail when it comes to the set design is outstanding, it's as if you stepped into a living and breathing version of Los Angeles in 1969. And Tarantino finds multiple ways to capture the look, essence and sound of the era he is playing in, he leverages the environment to paint a serene picture by showcasing various serials playing on TV sets, food and billboards from that time, the jargon that was used by the counter-culture, the cars that are constantly blasting music and radio shows. It's truly one of the best recreations of Hollywood at that time.

๐Ÿ˜: A couple of the Brad Pitt scenes and especially his involvement in the finale are just ok... it felt like they were written by someone knocking off Tarantino. The Bruce Lee fight flashback felt weak in comparison to the strong narrative with Dicaprio.

โ˜๏ธ: If you don't know about the Manson murders or Sharon Tate, you will be confused and some of the intrigue during the first half will be gone since the movie takes its time in setting up the characters and the events that take place in the last half, I saw one impatient couple walk out.

๐Ÿค”: So who was Tom Cruise slayed to play? Was it Brad's role? Kurt Russell? Timothy Olyphant? I must know.

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