Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

If you have been following my ramblings for any amount of time, you will surely know my love of Quentin Tarantino. With rumors floating around of his retirement from directing, I am thrilled to get every last bit of glorious cinema while I can, so this came at the perfect time.

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OUATIH (yeah, I’m not typing all that out again) follows a Western actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his best friend/stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Dalton is a fading actor who is clearly distraught over his looming failure. As the movie progresses, we get to explore a day in the life for these two.

Though the movie seems like not a lot is going on and it is just various chores for the Hollywood elite with a few minor themes and action rolled in. There is a WHOLE lot more going on in the film, but it does require a bit of Hollywood Hills history to decipher.

I will give an example while trying not to reveal anything about the film.

Some critics have commented on Margot Robbie’s lack of screentime in her role as Sharon Tate. While that is somewhat purposeful in an intent to examine the role of the star actresses in 60s (and current) Hollywood where women were mainly cast for their looks and not necessarily given the room to explore their voice, she is also representative of the up-and-coming star vs. the fading Dalton.

And don’t forget that the real Sharon Tate and five friends were murdered on August 9, 1969 by members of the Manson Family.

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The movie acts as a criticism of Hollywood culture filled with heart and quite a few tongue-in-cheek comedic moments about a movie about movies, but is also a bit of a historical tale dealing with the Manson Murders, similar to Inglourious Basterds. While it may take a bit to pick up the pace and for every element of the story to land, it is once again a killer film you can watch again and again.

Rating: Prime-Cut Kobe Beef

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