Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino
Just look at that cast list! Big names for an iconic director. And as I am a fan of things of a slightly more macabre genre, seeing characters like Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and a slight glimpse of Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) peaked my interest but also at the same time, I was aware this film wasn’t going to be about The Family or the Tate murders.
However, for being at a loose end on a Sunday afternoon, this film is a great shout. I do enjoy Tarantino, he is one of the directors I know off by heart by simply looking at the film and how it is shot, much like Wes Anderson. I cannot also deny at when I saw the running time at 161 minutes, I thought this may lead to a case of the numb bums.
It’s 1969 in Hollywood and Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds himself in an unrecognisable movie industry that was once his oyster. He was once the star of his own highly popular show with his stuntman Clive Booth (Brad Pitt), but upon making a few bad career decisions, Rick finds himself struggling with thoughts of quitting acting all together.
He has offers but sees them as a sign of him now being a ‘Has-been’ and doesn’t want to accept that idea yet. Clive has long since accepted his career is now almost non-existent due his own actions, but is now employed as Rick’s driver/handyman for his home on Cielo Drive. And he seems to be fine with that.
It’s hard to write about this film without giving so much away. I don’t want to mention how Rick/Sharon Tate/The Family/Charles Manson are all connected as it takes so much away. This film goes in ways you wouldn’t guess, but instead of being full of action I would describe it as a windingriver ride. A slow flowing story, gently guiding you round, albeit with a slight white-water rapid ride at the end. It is long. I do highly recommend emptying your bladder before taking your seat and withhold from purchasing any ice creams or drinks. Be prepared that you may feel some lull moments but rest assured, it is worth it! This isn’t the best Tarantino film you could endure, that title goes to Inglourious Basterds (2009) in my opinion. But this isn’t his worst piece of work and far from it.
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