Verdict: Together, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are as stunning as we thought they’d be.
Quentin Tarantino‘s latest venture Once Upon A Time In Hollywood had us on pins and needles. Such hyped movies have a tendency to break the fans’ collective hearts and yes, we were apprehensive. However, OUATIH is beautiful beyond belief.
What’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood About:
More or less, the film revolves around a has-been TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who’s down on his luck and his buddy-cum-gofer-cum-stunt-double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). It’s the late ’60s and Hollywood is teeming with TV shows and western movies at this point. TV star Dalton is unable to get a pad to launch him into movies. However, he says that people take him more seriously because he owns a house in Hollywood and thus they think that he is here to stay. Famed director Roman Polanski moves into the next-door house with his wife Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), which Dalton takes as a good sign for his career. After this, the film flows through many rivulets around many situations to finally culminate into a signature Tarantino-style climax that had us making heart eyes.
The two central characters are played by two legendary actors and QT alumni, who are revered for their craft, which is half the battle won. Cliff is confident, tough, and reliable and you admire his poise and stoicism. Rick, on the other hand, is inspired and ambitious and adds something else to the dynamic. Cliff has trouble finding other jobs because he may (or may not) have killed his wife and sticks to his job with Dalton. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is basically a buddy film, which, as it progresses, traverses the ups and downs of their friendship. They enjoy each other’s company as much as we do when they have scenes together. The film has its marvelous and wholesome moments. It appears that Tarantino has indulged in his favorite game – the reference game – by showing us clips from the classics, cinema insignia, and thus blending the fictional timeline and the real-life characters perfectly. OUATIH also has its fair share of cheeky moments, especially the scene where Cliff fights Bruce Lee and “beats the sh*t out of him”…for some reason. Margot Robbie‘s Sharon Tate may not have many lines in the film but it is impossible to take your eyes off of her, as she is painfully charismatic. Also, she looks gorgeous. Her every appearance has a sense of impending doom, knowing what we know about Tate. But this steady mesh of storylines is propelled into a spectacular climax, which may make you want to clap your hands with glee. Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is not a film you just watch once; you watch it twice and then quietly search for explanatory videos.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The film seems to run for longer than required. Shaving off a little runtime would’ve definitely made the film crispier. However, the lazy narrative of the film resonates with the runtime. Though the film is long, it does not get boring.
Why You Should Watch:
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood may not have the bloody quality to it as Tarantino’s previous works but it is refreshingly amusing. The story, the script, and the collage-style narrative are thoroughly enjoyable. The dialogues are funny and the performances by Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio make you want to cry. Book for it this weekend and then again for the next.
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