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A [spoiler free] Look at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

July 26, 2019


One of the most anticipated movies of the summer has dropped. Quentin Tarantinoʼs Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is here, and very aptly named at that. A beautiful montage of memories for actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the viewer is drawn into the story of his life, taken for a ride down memory lane in 1969 Hollywood.

In true Tarantino fashion, every single shot in this film was beautiful. The lighting and tones of the film transported you back in time. The scene changes were seamless. The characters were instantly likeable. Everything about the cinematography just worked.

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Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

We meet Rick Dalton just as he is on the edge of losing his momentum as the leading man in Hollywood. As jobs become few and far between, the pressure to maintain his status as a movie star is beginning to wear on his mental state. Leonardo DiCaprioʼs portrayal of Dalton was just as you’d expect: superb. 

Brad Pitt shone as Cliff Booth, Rick Daltonʼs stunt double. While Cliff Booth may not be the leading face of the western, his character quickly comes to the forefront of the story. Cliff hasnʼt had much luck on the job front due to rumors in the industry, so he settles for being Rickʼs best friend and errand man. Brad Pittʼs character delivery was spot on--makes you forget you’re watching Brad Pitt.

With so many big names in this film, from Kurt Russell to Al Pacino, Margot Robbie to Dakota Fanning, Rumer Willis, the late, great Luke Perry, (and many more), this film really needs to be watched more than once to catch all the cameos and be fully appreciated.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as actor Rick Dalton

Although loosely based on factual events--such as Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski being married--the story did not follow history to the line at all. To avoid any spoilers, I’ll just say the ending is expectedly unexpected, in true Tarantino fashion. 

All in all, Once Upon A Time is a classic Hollywood fairytale, with a Tarantino twist, and did not disappoint. 

Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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