“Expertly crafted from its first frame to its last, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is Tarantino’s finest use of screen time to date!” Kathy Kaiser – MatineeChat.com
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – Rated R – 2 hrs. 41 mins.
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Quentin Tarantino
STARRING: Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Bruce Dern, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Bruce Dern and Margaret Qualley
As we visit LA circa 1969, the television and film industries are in the midst of big changes, as TV and film Star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes fixated on his fledgling career. When Rick’s stunt double and bff Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) steps in to help Rick navigate the ever-changing movie industry they are both being forced to accept, it seems that their fictional lives on screen, are about to intersect with the reality of their everyday lives…
Basked in the nostalgia and vibe of days gone by, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is destined to be Tarantino’s finest use of screen time to date, as he manages to embody the sights, sounds and ambiance of movie making, into one expertly crafted ode to Hollywood.
From his creative genius in casting Pitt opposite DiCaprio, to selecting the beautiful and equally talented to Margot Robbie to play real-life actress Sharon Tate, to his slew of supporting cast geniuses – including Al Pacino, Kurt Russell and Bruce Dern, Tarantino extracts exceptional performances across the board, creating a truly masterful tale every step of the way.
I was also amazed by the way this film effortlessly entwines fictional characterizations with the harsh realities of its era, literally managing to exude frame after frame of sometimes intense, yet other times hilarious moments onto the big screen.
Coming from a person who either absolutely loves Tarantino’s work (Django Unchained, Inglorious Bastards), or refuses to ever sit through them again, (Kill Bill, The Hateful Eight), Once Upon A Time In Hollywood not only enticed me with its perfectly developed characters and expertly constructed storyline, but with Tarantino’s innate masterfulness in the way he infuses his fictional mindset with real-life events, which seamlessly flows throughout every inch of this film.
But with all the accolades that I will continue to bestow upon this incredible creation even after I release this review ~ I would be remiss if I didn’t share too ~ that I felt there were a few scenes that beckoned to be edited, as they seemed to drag on a bit too long, which took away from those particular depictions on screen, but even with those few slight flaws, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is still my favorite film for 2019 so far…