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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.
Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) visits a book store to pick up a copy of "Tess of d'Ubervilles". This is presumably meant to be the copy of the book that the real Sharon Tate gave her husband Roman Polanski while in Europe, just before she returned back to the USA, saying that it would make a great film in which she herself would love to star. This was the last time that Polanski saw Tate alive. He would indeed later adapt the book as Tess (1979), dedicated to his murdered wife. See more »
The watch Cliff can be seen wearing throughout the film is a Citizen Challenge Timer, aka Bullhead. Despite the film being set in 1969, the movement found in this watch wasn't released until 1972, with the rounded variant Cliff wears following slightly later. See more »
Superb: another great piece of movie-making from Quentin Tarantino
1969. Rick Dalton was once the star of a highly popular TV series but a few bad choices have set his career back, leaving him wondering if he should quit showbiz altogether. His best friend is Cliff Booth, an aging stuntman who was Dalton's stunt-double in movies and TV. His career is largely over. While Booth ekes out an existence, Dalton still lives a life of relative luxury in Hollywood, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. In fact, his neighbours are Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate...
Superb movie, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Not like other Tarantino movies though: his trademarks - frequent, graphic violence and stylised dialogue - are toned down. Instead we have a wonderful character study as we follow the lives of Dalton and Booth, and, to a lesser extent, Sharon Tate.
Many Tarantino traits do remain though. The plot is as immersive as ever: the 161 minutes just fly by. The sub-plots are brilliant, especially the movie-within-a-movie segments (would love it if those Rick Dalton movies and TV shows were real...). The movie segments highlight Tarantino's reverence for and extensive knowledge of cinema and its history.
The soundtrack is amazing, as you would also expect from Tarantino. Fits perfectly into the movie and helps the momentum of the movie too.
Great performances from Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt in the lead roles. Margot Robbie, as Sharon Tate, doesn't have much dialogue but absolutely lights up the screen. Her innocence and exuberance define the era and set up a wonderful counterpoint to the evil lurking in the shadows.
Only reason I didn't give this a 10/10 is that it felt incomplete. I kept thinking that something more was due to happen, but then it didn't. Turned out this was due to my lack of precise knowledge of the events surrounding Sharon Tate. Once I realised what Tarantino had done, I then felt this should be a 10/10. I decided to go with how I felt coming out of the cinema, rather than how I felt after reading a few other reviews and Wikipedia.
Therein lies the movie's only problem. The viewer's opinion of this movie is possibly dependant on how much they know about the events surrounding Sharon Tate. I know the historic characters involved, so enjoyed the Hollywood references and in-jokes. I also know how things turned out, so kept expecting the movie to link up with that. My lack of knowledge of the precise details meant I missed Tarantino's clever twist.
Someone who has no knowledge of Sharon Tate will not have this weight of expectation and could just watch this as a (totally fictional) drama. Even then it's a great movie, but far less layered for that viewer.
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