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After a brief hiatus I'm back to discuss more films and where bigger to reconvene than with Quentin Tarantino's ninth and most recent film: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.
Set in late 1960's Hollywood, "OUATIH" follows a buddy pair, actor Rick Dalton and stuntman Cliff Booth, as they try to navigate their way through a rapidly changing industry. Dalton's next door neighbour during this time is real-life actress Sharon Tate. The film combines elements from all of Tarantino previous films and is by far his most personal.
What I love about this film is how it immerses the time period through the three protagonists. There's Rick Dalton, once a lead actor now reduced to bit parts in other people's tv shows. Cliff Booth, a part-time stuntman whose occupation is more as Dalton chauffeur and everyman. Sharon Tate, the unassuming actress of a tragic fate who finds new life.
This film is something extrordinary even by Quentin Tarantino's high standards. And it may even be he's best. To quote at line early in the film: "What a picture!" SPECIAL MENTION: So many things could be named here. The script and direction by Tarantino. The performance of the cast (even smaller roles). The immaculate costume and set design. And so much more. In the end I'm going for actor Julia Butters who more than holds her own opposite DiCaprio in a pivotal scene midway through the film. Judging by that performance, Butters has a long career ahead of her.
FINAL SCORE: 9/10
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019)
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern and Al Pacino
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