Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★

Quentin Tarantino fully embodies the Hollywood scene in the late 60’s so perfectly in his most maturest film he’s ever made. The set decorations and the production designs are flawless. Each frame has a retro feel to it. The costume designs, the vintage cars, the ageless household accessories from the 60’s, just the way of life is handled precisely and it’s glorious to watch these interesting characters live in a time that used to be. I don’t care if I sound like a broken record but I’ll say it again and again, Leonardo DiCaprio is one amazing actor. Even though Brad Pitt gets most of the screen time I feel like this is Leo’s movie. He shines in each scene. This is his funniest performance and most epic performance. He’s my favorite actor of all time and this is just another performance to add to his legendary catalog. Brad Pitt’s most laid back performance to date, not sure if he deserves the Oscar but he definitely deserves some recognition for his subdued coolness. I appreciate what Quentin did here, he doesn’t glorify the lifestyle of fame, drugs, sex, the parties, he shows it in ways that it feels natural. I loved the fairytale ending that is quite mournful while also giving that fairytale ending “and they lived ever happily after...”. The runtime is pretty long with some scenes that could’ve been chopped down but I don’t think the climax would’ve been so good without the long runtime. I didn’t enjoy the narration in some scenes that didn’t need it. Nonetheless, this movie is another gem from QT held by two incredible performances from our leads with a fairytale ending to the unforgiving death of Sharon Tate and her friends. This is a must watch for cinema lovers and it’s movies like this is why we go to the movies.

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