Legendary director, Quentin Tarantino, returns with his newest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film follows television superstar, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) strive to stay in the spotlight as as the Golden Age of Hollywood begins to fade in 1969.
As expected from Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is entertaining, skillfully crafted and wildly ambitious. However, the most impressive aspect of the entire film is its ability to immerse you in 1969. The authenticity of the time period feels so genuine and raw. It was the most honest depiction of the 1960s that I’ve ever seen.
What also makes the film are the performances. There are a TON of celebrities in this film however the true stand out is Leonardo DiCaprio. He is incredible. We already knew the man was a legend but he continues to blow me away with his commitment and delivery. Honestly, watching that man drink a margarita straight out of a pitcher was the highlight of the movie for me. His chemistry with Brad Pitt was also a joy to watch.
A huge disappointment from me was the use of Margot Robbie. Robbie is SUCH a talented actress. I expected her role as Sharon Tate to be much more than it actually was. She did a great job with what she was given, but this mishap is large in part to the narrative.
I love Tarantino’s work however, this was not my favorite of his films. I expected a little more from the story. I am all about Tarantino’s creativity and bold moves to change the course of history (Inglorious Basterds is honestly one of my favorite movies of all time) HOWEVER, I felt that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood played it safe.
But all in all, Tarantino is one of the few creators who is willing to be daring and go against the norm and for that I encourage you to see Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Just don’t go into it expecting a Charles Manson movie.
Final Thoughts: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an excellent tribute to 1969 with a stand out performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.