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Doug’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I'll need to see it a second time before coming to a firm opinion on it, but I've been thinking about this movie since I saw it last weekend. It's different from what one typically expects from Tarantino, but it's most definitely the work of an auteur with a great sense of attachment to the golden age of Hollywood and filmmaking. Kinda feels like a blend of the bizarre industry portrayal in "Hail, Caesar!" and the loose character-driven California story told in "Inherent Vice", but is also unique enough to stand as its own thing.
The most resonant part of it is how autobiographical the film is, especially with Tarantino's statements about retiring from making movies. The scene where Rick breaks down next to the child actress is an reflects how the industry has changed and nobody stays on top of their game forever, not to mention his reluctantly giving in to make spaghetti westerns and being forced let go of Cliff's services. Times change and we must find a way to evolve with them, for better or worse.