Hey guys! How is it going? For today’s post, as mentioned in my post about attending the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, now there will be a review! I got the insane privilege of going to the event (and after-party) with my dad, which was a pretty surreal experience! You can check out my full article about it HERE as I am going to focus on my thoughts about the film for this post.
Starting off, as usual, I would like to mention this review is completely spoiler-free.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ takes on a 3-hour trip to Los Angeles in 1969, right after the ‘Golden Era of Hollywood.’ The movie includes a fun soundtrack and insane acting all the way through. The acting was one of my favorite aspects of this movie as I genuinely thought EVERYONE in the cast did a more than an incredible job. Although DiCaprio plays the lead (Rick Dalton) and does a fantastic performance, I really thought Pitt was the star of this one.
I also wondered why Tarantino didn’t give Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate) more screen-time. Even though the movie isn’t all about Sharon Tate, I thought she deserved a little more screen-time or at least a bit more depth to her character. I felt like all the women in the movie lacked personality. That was honestly my main problem with the film as well as the fact that it doesn’t truly have a plot. We see a glimpse of Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth’s life, and we are taken in the rollercoaster with them! It’s clearly different from a ‘regular’ movie plot that would come out today but I honestly really liked it. Never once was I bored, and I love the universe he created. Surprisingly the film was also very funny, and the audience at our auditorium laughed A LOT. I don’t consider this a spoiler, but if you want to watch this film keep in mind that it will be about the Manson family, so I would suggest leaving your expectations at the door haha.
I would overall say it feels less like a ‘signature’ Tarantino film (like ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Kill Bill’) and more like he wanted a film to be all about that time period, although you can still clearly tell it’s him by his style and the ‘easter eggs’ he put all around the movie. Also, even though there isn’t truly a plot, I would say the film was mainly about friendship, as well as the entertainment industry and passing time.
I don’t agree with all the decisions Tarantino made, but I still liked the movie and would watch it again in the future. I give this film a 7.5 and recommend watching it, as it’s a Tarantino movie but also if you like Drama, Thriller or Comedy!
Have you guys seen ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ yet? If so, what did you think? Let me know!
Lots of LOVE, as always,