The Hollywood of Tarantino’s youth.
An odyssey of 1960s Hollywood – its ecosystem, climate, and life.
That is “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.”
Tarantino comes at us with a film that takes over the course of a few days through the eyes of a faded television actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) set in the backdrop of 1969 Los Angeles.
I absolutely adored this film, not only was it very entertaining but the world building in this film is simply masterclass. From the neighborhoods, advertisements, costumes, neon signs, music and the old art deco architecture, it was literally perfect. Quentin completely immerses you into this age of Hollywood that was an end of an era.
The performances from the entire cast are fantastic especially Brad Pitt who steals the show. He was magnetic/charming every time he was on screen. Leo was great too showcasing the narcissistic tendencies the actor has especially when it comes to prolonging/preserving his career. Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate is just a burst of life, sunshine, and heart.
Worth noting that I knew about the tragic event that happened that year before watching this and I personally think knowing a bit about it will definitely affect your thoughts on the film. That being said, if you don’t I think you’ll still enjoy it and have a great time.
To talk a bit about the narrative, it was done absolutely intentional and I loved the decision Tarantino made.
I haven’t laughed so much in such a long time. I don’t have any negatives to really say except the 2nd act could have been built better but that’s a nitpick.
Once is simply fun. Pure vibes.
Rating – ★★★★½