zaheen’s review published on Letterboxd:
"That's it bud, I'm a fucking has-been."
"We love pussy." "We sure do."
"You're Rick fuckin Dalton, now don't you forget that."
"George isn't blind, you're blind!"
"I love that stuff, the killing."
"Is everything okay?" "Well the fuckin hippies
“Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It's called manslaughter."
"That was the best acting I've seen in my whole life."
Endlessly quotable. Such a brilliant, fun, approachable, and genuine film. It's going to end up my most rewatched film one day and the rewards of every watch are so brilliant. Just how amazing the acting is and the feeling Tarantino captures is something he has never done. It's a modern classic for sure, misunderstood in today's context but there's something extremely universal about nostalgia and reverence for a time and place. The more the film reveals its heart, the more I begin to believe it's one of the most earnest films I have ever seen. Leo will likely be remembered for this performance, his most nuanced, funny, tragic, and well-written character. The three leads (Leo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and Brad Pitt) in this film are probably Tarantino's best lead cast in terms of pure acting, only really battling with Pulp Fiction's John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis.
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood is a love letter to the last remnants of a great Hollywood but also a reversed revenge fantasy where the Manson family chooses the wrong house and also a mini-western about redemption that chronicles the tale of a struggling actor hoping to regain his artistic fortune and a stuntman who is by nature a hero and also a meta-narrative story about Tarantino's own grappling with aging and cultural decline and also a creation of a world that allows a tragically lost talent to thrive and breathe comfortably like she deserved in the first place and also a revisionist tale about failure, hope, friendship, aging, heroism, fame, happiness, zealotry, devotion, love for cinema, music, maturing, languid feelings on the passage of time, moral bankruptcy, and genuine empathy. I need an extended cut because I could live in a world like this forever.