Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – 2019

  • Originality: Taratino is easily one of the most original directors working today. Every film on his resume (save one) has come from his own head and this is no exception. Combining his idealized characters with the real people of 1960s Hollywood creates something truly entertaining to watch and his lack of subscription to the bounds of history makes the climax worth wanting. [4.5]
  • Performances: As with all Tarantino films, he casts very well, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt morphing into their characters on screen. DiCaprio is a masterclass in acting and Pitt is just a lot of fun to watch, and both of them have truly great scenes in trailers, under completely different circumstances, but they both get a chance to show off their talent. [4.5]
  • Technicality: Tarantino likes his dialogue and much of his camerawork just feels like an opportunity to show off his characters as the chew up scene after scene. The way that he captures the feel of the 60s comes down to his choices in camera placement and the aforementioned scenery to chew on. Shot to match the films of his youth, Tarantino honors them perfectly. [4.5]
  • Rewatchability: To describe this as Tarantino’s finest film could be a perfectly valid opinion, but being so long means that it requires a significant time commitment to truly enjoy it. I can think of quite a few Tarantino films that I’ll revisit before this one, but it doesn’t diminish the impact of this film and I am certain I’ll rewatch it soon, even if that’s the last time for a while. [4.0]

Total – [17.5/20.0]

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