Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino directs this film, and it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Al Pacino, and Austin Butler.
This movie takes a look at the journey of friends Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) in 1969 Hollywood. Rick Dalton is an actor going through a rough period in his career, and he lives next to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Cliff is always supporting Rick (in his personal and professional life).
I’ve been thinking about this film for several hours, and I even had to listen to podcasts and read reviews to help me settle my thoughts. I will be honest and admit I haven’t seen all of Tarantino films (I’ve seen 4 of them) and I openly admit that I’m not his biggest fan. I wasn’t too fond of this film. Even though I’m aware of the era, this takes place, and who wrote it and directed it, I couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable with some of the dialogue in this movie. I found this film too long, and I was a bit bothered with the editing. I’m sure that some side character scenes could have been completely cut off and that would have made this film a bit better. That ending completely pulled me out of the film. I understand this film may have been made as a fairy tale, hence the title, but I still can’t say I was ok with the ending. As a film in its entirety, I don’t like it, but some scenes are gold.
The acting in this movie is beyond stellar, and I enjoyed seeing Hollywood in the late 60s. I’ve never tried acting, but I can imagine that it’s not easy. To perform that you’re acting is perhaps a different level of difficulty that I thoroughly admire. Many of my favorite scenes have to do with Leo’s character and his challenges in his career. My favorite scene (which is in the trailer) is where he is in his trailer and is disappointed with his performance. The chemistry between Leo and Brad is excellent, and their scenes together seem effortless. I’ve read many reviews and heard some podcasts stating that Brad Pitt was their favorite part of this film and although I understand their perspective, I can’t agree with them. I think Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in this is some of the best I’ve seen him do and my personal favorite of this movie. I felt that the secondary characters were decent, including Margot Robbie. I was more excited to watch this film after seeing the documentary Echo in The Canyon, which is about four rock bands (The Byrds, The Mamas, and The Papas, The Beach Boys and Buffalo Springfield) from the late 60s that lived in Laurel Canyon (in Hollywood Hills). It was nice to watch iconic landmarks that I drive by daily on my way to work. I enjoyed most of the shots of 1969 Hollywood, and I admit that I’m very much tempted to purchase the soundtrack to this film. I frankly don’t know if I can recommend this film. Perhaps if your a Tarantino fan then give it a shot.
I give this film a 7 out of 10