Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood is a comedy-drama film written and directed by very talented and legendary, Quentin Tarantino, the winner of two Academy Awards, who is well known for his peculiar ways of storytelling. The film stars most celebrated actors from Hollywood, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who previously appeared in Tarantino’s films Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012) respectively. And still, the film is known by Tarantino’s name, so that’s how powerful his filmmaking is.
The film is set in 1969, Hollywood, Los Angeles, where it tells the story of a falling television actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double and longtime friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). 1969 was considered as the golden era of Hollywood, and this film navigates through different situations and people of the changing Hollywood film industry. The film also tells the story of Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), an actress and the next-door neighbor of Dalton.
This film is very different from all the Tarantino’s previous films. So, if you’re expecting it to be a hardcore Tarantino film, then you’re not gonna get that. The film mostly has a mild tone, similar to what Pulp Fiction (1994) had. There are not much long conversational shots as normally Tarantino films have, but whatever it has is captivating enough to keep the audience engaged. The film is filled with many references to the world of entertainment. The film has many pop culture references, like many famous Los Angeles area locations, appear throughout the film. The film is more focused on a fan-service than storytelling.
Undoubtedly, the performances in the film by leads are just flawless and compelling; Additionally, the film has little roles by Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, etc are like the cherry on the cake. The film progresses very slowly through many events and interesting setting with engaging characters, but towards the end, everything pays off. Some called the film Tarantino’s love letter to ’60s L.A.’.
Verdict : The film is slow-burning but the characters, setting, and climax of the film makes it worth a watch.
Rating : 3.9/5
Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELeMaP8EPAA