Once upon a time in Hollywood
Bob & Sheri August 9, 2019
There is no movie like a Quentin Tarantino movie, ever. And you can’t pigeon hole him into a type. He has done so many different things. A heist movie, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, a mix of stories including hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife and a couple holding up a diner. From Dusk Till Dawn, criminals trying to hideout in a truck stop full of vampires, Kill Bill: Vol 1&2, vengeance. 60’s double feature movies, Grindhouse. War movies, Inglourious Basterds, Westerns, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. And now a look at old Hollywood mixed in with Charles Manson. All different but with Tarantino’s mark on each one.
The movie takes place in 1969 Los Angeles and it follows two storylines. One is a TV Western star Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and his stunt double and only true friend, Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt. Dalton’s star is fading and he’s struggling with seeing his career go away. We also follow Margot Robbie as she plays Sharon Tate when she was married to Roman Polanski.
We are also introduced to the Manson Family that consisted mostly of women that were controlled by Charles Manson.
The movie is a little long at 161 minutes, Rated R for constant language, sexual references, and drug use and of course violence, but way less than he normally bombards us with.
Although like I said he is not stuck in one genre, he still has some favorite things that appear in most of his movies. Multiple stories that intertwine and come together at the end of the movie. Plans gone wrong and the result they bring. Bringing in stars that you haven’t seen or heard from in a while. In this case Bruce Dern, Al Pacino, and Kurt Russell. Pop culture references by the dozens. Bare feet and Red Apple cigarettes.
In most of his films as soon as you think you know where he’s taking you the direction changes. It is no different in this movie. Three different times I felt for sure I knew what was going to happen and I was totally wrong.
The movie covers a six month span of time as we watch Rick Dalton’s career slowly going down as Sharon Tate’s seems to be on the rise to certain stardom as she is in her late stages of pregnancy. They are neighbors but have never met.
The movie is a little long but it gives Tarantino plenty of time for character development and anything else he wants to do. I was never bored and the movie has a lot of laugh out loud moments. DiCaprio is good, really good, but Brad Pitt shines as a guy is approaching the end of his career and seems pretty cool about it.
If you are a Tarantino fan don’t miss it, and if you’re not you still need to see it.
My Score: 6 Ice Cold Buds