A quentin tarantino’s film which displays 60s of Hollywood ….The main plotline focuses on Rick Dalton, a once leading man, seemingly on his last legs as an actor nd Cliff Booth, his stunt double nd long-time friend. The trailers really played up the inclusion of Charles Manson ..It revolves around the characters of Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), Cliff Booth (Pitt) and Sharon Tate (Robbie) who are all part of the film industry, the first being a fading actor who’s looking to hold on to his fame and glory, the second being is his laid back stunt man who is simultaneously his best friend, and the third being a real life successful actress who moves in next to Dalton with her husband, Roman Polanski.
The script itself isn’t something I’d describe as some of Tarantino’s best work, but seeing as he took a far more laid-back approach concerning the narrative, I’m very grateful that he, for the most part, wrote dialogue that doesn’t feel like it should be delivered in a very snappy manner, it’s a lot more grounded and, given that the characters are meant to be more realistically portrayed instead of constantly compelling to watch, only adds more to that fresh change of pace that I was really on board with. It’s a lot more down-to-earth than his previous works, but still never disappoints and, while not quite being one of Tarantino’s most quotable films, has some of his best comedic material to date.
The themes revolving around irrelevancy, success, changing times as well as many other things remain fascinating all the way through and the film, although being a love letter to cinema and Los Angeles, doesn’t shy away from being critical towards the film industry while also being careful to not drag it through the dirt either. It strikes a great balance between being respectful to the industry, but never overly glorifying it as some other films would do.
As he did with “Inglourious Basterds”, Tarantino also opts to alter history a little bit with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and also a spell binding cinematography.. once upon a time in Hollywood is, to me, one of the most original films to come out in recent years. Its plot doesn’t hold you by the hand for most of the time (except for the somewhat exposition-heavy narration Tarantino’s known for), it subverts your expectations and, in return, builds a lot of effective tension that leaves you occasionally fearing a great deal about what might happen to the main characters.
It may be a little too different for some viewers to get used to and the pacing may occasionally drag during the second act, but in terms of the overall amount of care and effort put into this film, I’d say Quentin Tarantino has somewhat outdone himself..