Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

I guess this film hit me with a profound sadness, though I could also argue it more or less reminded me of that sadness. Many people have talked about how this film is about the end of an era of cinema, but I think it's more than just the death of that. With the "death of cinema" there also comes the death of appreciation of it and the old times. There's an incredible melancholy to this film purely because of how much things have changed; film tickets cost 75 cents, cities weren't absolutely flooded with huge advertising screens, people weren't on their phones 24/7. Of course it was faaaaar from a perfect time, but the impression I got out of this film is that the idea of throwing away everything from the past is ultimately kind of wrong. This film made me sad because it made me long for simplicity, it made me wish that we were still in those times while simultaneously wishing we could've been accepting of "different" race and sexuality back then. This film is a completely idealized dream, but because of it being such a dream the reality only hits harder, because the charm of those days was ruined by the actions of humans living in them and the charm of the modern days is almost non-existent with the constant insistence on technology. The new Rocko's Modern Life special repeatedly hammered home the message of how change isn't so bad, but in a way it both is and isn't; change is good when it has a positive impact on the world, but when that change also includes hysteria, a refusal to learn from the past and an increasingly terrifying insistence on relying on technology for everything I'm not so sure if change should always be accepted. This film takes place right when that change is about to happen, with the Manson murders and the Vietnam War going on. We need films like this to be reminded that the past was a thing but also to be reminded of the present. That wish presented in both this and Inglorious Basterds, that everything worked out in the end, is one that's worth aspiring to. Reflection is important.

Also the movie was pretty good, 7/10

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