Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are enjoyable as a down-on-his-luck, alcoholic actor and a stunt man who knows how to throw a good punch, living next door to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) just in time for the Manson family to enter their lives. Quentin Tarantino’s portrait of 1960s Hollywood will have you hooked because of how well he knows this world and how to illustrate it. But the first half of the movie feels like it’s going nowhere and the second half repeats old Tarantino tricks, adjusting history in bloody ways. A gorgeous and entertaining film, with a rich cast, but a little too empty.

2019-U.S.-Britain. 161 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography: Robert Richardson. Production Design: Barbara Ling. Costume Design: Arianne Phillips. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Rick Dalton), Brad Pitt (Cliff Booth), Margot Robbie (Sharon Tate), Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant… Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino, Lena Dunham, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, James Remar. Narrated by Kurt Russell.

Trivia: Co-produced by Tarantino. Perry’s last film. Burt Reynolds was reportedly first cast in the role that Dern came to play. In the extended version, James Marsden and Walton Goggins make appearances.

Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (Pitt), Production Design. Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy), Supporting Actor (Pitt), Screenplay. BAFTA: Best Supporting Actor (Pitt).



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