Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★½

In a film chock full of excellent scenes, I believe my favorite might be one of the most overlooked: Cliff Booth coming home late Saturday night to his trailer behind the drive-in theatre, making macaroni, drinking a beer, and feeding his dog. The scene is a short film all its own, lovingly crafted, each shot tells a story.

For those detractors that focus on Tarantino’s penchant for nihilistic violence, here is a deeply realized character study. The humble home is stuffed with signifiers of who Cliff is. For those that criticize Tarantino’s excessive use of four-letter words, behold as the scene passes by with nothing but brief asides to a dog.

Those three minutes will be taught in film school some day.

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