Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

I was very impressed by the chemistry of this film and was kept on the edge of my seat wondering which direction Tarantino was going to go with this story in respect to the hippies of 1969 Los Angeles and the ranch where Charles Manson ruled.

Quentin Tarantino has never worn kid gloves when directing films, so I have never been a fan. I never saw Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, or Reservoir Dogs because I do not like violent films. But for some unknown reason, I was drawn to this film like a moth to a flame and looked forward to its’ release. Perhaps it was because of the all-star cast, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. However, I had my suspicions as to why Al Pacino was used playing the minor role of DiCaprio’s agent. Another actor who I haven’t seen in years is Bruce Dern, who plays in one short scene that could have used any actor. Were there favors needed to be paid?

Would I recommend this film? Absolutely, as the awards shows will concur.

I enjoyed every minute of this film while my partner hated it and couldn’t wait for it to end. There are no rights or wrongs.

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