Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
My score: 8/10 Stars
I thought Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was awesome, and I highly recommend checking it out. However, I don’t think this movie is for everyone, and let me explain why. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a unique film in that it lacks a clear plot, and instead focuses on multiple storylines and subplots. Although unconventional, Quentin Tarantino made the unique story-structure work, and I thought he did an excellent job of tying everything together.
As most people know, this isn’t the first time the legendary movie director has teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Tarantino and DiCaprio paired up on “Django Unchained” (2012), which won an Oscar for best original screenplay. While Tarantino and Pitt paired up on the classic “Inglorious Bastards” (2009), which also won an Oscar. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood walked away with 2 Oscar wins out of 10 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, which included best supporting actor and best production design. It was also a contender for best picture, but ultimately lost to “Parasite”, which many think was a snub.
The protagonist in the movie is Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a washed up TV actor, who starred in hit Western “Bounty Law” in the 1950s, a reference to Steve McQueen’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”. Since TV stardom, Rick has fallen on tough times, and is trying to make a comeback with the help of his personal stuntman and close friend, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Cliff also acts as Rick’s personal driver, bodyguard, and handyman. I thought Brad Pitt really stole the show in this movie, and his performance won him an Oscar for best supporting actor. Other strong performances included: Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Emilie Hirsch as Jay Sebring, and Al Pacino as Marvin Shwars.
The story intertwines real events with some awesome fictional storylines and characters. One of the main storylines relates to the “Manson Family Murders”, which took place in the summer of 1969 at the residence of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski. In the movie, the couple are depicted as Rick Dalton’s next-door neighbors, and when storylines collide, things get pretty crazy and it makes for a fantastic ending. Some critics are calling it the best movie ending of all time. I would say it’s definitely Top 5. Overall, I thought this was a solid movie, and give it 8 stars!