Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (review)

Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (review)
Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (review)
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The title means more than a trip back to 1969 La La Land, it also gives writer/director Quentin Tarantino a chance to rework history for his own pleasure. Most importantly, it offers him the opportunity to indulge in a tribute to a bygone time with grand and subtle period references in almost every shot. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a compelling performance as a TV actor at a career low point and Brad Pitt is simply charming as his stunt double/best friend. As they wind their way thru various encounters, Tarantino makes this 161-minute movie longer than needed with the Hollywood tributes, plus lots of driving and walking. Sadly, much of the snap that has defined the writer’s style is lacking and there’s nothing much new in terms of structure or approach. Only the last big scene harkens back to the director’s boffo action style. Even with all this criticism, it’s still enjoyable to watch, while identifying all the fun references. NOTE: Stay thru the early credits for a special commercial.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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