Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★½

Quentin Tarantino mixes up the alternate history game by not making it a cat-and-mouse hunt, but an exploration on the value of a life full of potential. His choice to explore the early and short career of Sharon Tate is arguably the most affectionate, optimistic piece of filmmaking he's ever done, and it makes the brutalism in the third act all the more satisfying. For the first time in 50 years, Tate is not a Manson family victim. She is a promising actress listening to an audience cheer her on in The Wrecking Crew. As much as Tarantino loves pop culture, this is the first time he's expressed it on a human level, and the film is better for it. Everything else can be scrutinized, but the heart of the film can't. Tate deserved better in reality, and right now all we can do is to dream about what would've happened if she had the Hollywood ending she deserved.

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