Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

August 26th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

| | ComedyDrama | 26 July 2019 (USA)
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.


 Quentin Tarantino
Initial thoughts:

I’ve loved Quintin Tarantino movies for a long time since Pulp Fiction (‘94!) and I hope that he changes his mind and decides to direct more than 10. So while I don’t love all of his movies, I saw the great reviews this film got a when to see it shortly after it opened.

Main Points:

This movie is worth seeing just for Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, they are absolutely fantastic in their roles. Leonardo could get his second Oscar and Pitt certainly deserves his first. The interesting part is that neither of them are very likable characters, their performances are just so compelling that you can’t help but root for and sympathize with them.

As other reviewers have said this is Quintin’s most personal film and you can really see his love for Hollywood culture in the late ‘60s, along with his fascination with the Manson murders/cult which shook the city to its core.

Does the movie have flaws? Yes of course it does, like most of his movies there is a lot of talking and sometimes this drags the movie out. The pacing overall is a little slow and over 2.5-hour running time could have been cut down a good 15-20 minutes.

I have to say though that if you don’t mind graphic violence (and yes he goes there this time again) the ending is maybe one of the best ones he’s ever done. The crazy over the top action scene towards the end is one of the most exciting and well-paced scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie.

Also while I wasn’t living in LA at the time (or even alive) from what I know this film captures the waning of the golden age of Hollywood very well. I won’t get into a discussion about his portrayal of Bruce Lee, it was a fun scene but I just don’t have the knowledge to say if he is at all accurate about Lee’s personality.

Final Thoughts:

If you don’t mind a longer film and want to see DiCaprio and Pitt at the top of their game you NEED to see this. Margot Robbie is also quite good in her smaller role as Sharon Tate and there is a also a fun cameo from Kurt Russell. I give it a solid 8.5 out of 10. Please don’t bring kids to this, for lots of coarse language, sexual situations, and brutal violence I would say ages 18+.