'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' Review

'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' Review
A Love Letter to Hollywood

Rating: ★★★★½

Quentin Tarantino has done it once again. His 9th film and a love letter to the film industry is another close to perfect film.
Taking place across three different days, 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' tells the story of Rick Dalton, a "has been" actor who struggles with being past his prime, Cliff Booth, Rick's stuntman, driver and best friend, and Sharon Tate, an upcoming actor in Hollywood who lives next to Rick. Their stories were interesting and extremely original. Never have I seen a movie like this, and never would I see a movie like this again.
The acting in this film is phenomenal. It may not be "the best acting I've ever seen", but damn it's up there. Despite not having many lines or much screentime, Margit Robbie's portrayal of Sharon Tate definitely left an impact on the film. It wouldn't surprise me if either Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt will be nominated or even win in their respective categories come award season.
Don't read up about the plot, it's best you go in as blind as possible but three things you should definitely know before watching is: 1. This isn't like Tarantino's other work. 2. Some history of the Manson Family Cult.
The ONLY problem with the film is its time-jumping way Tarantino tells the story, similar to but not as refined as 'Pulp Fiction'. Some of it worked very well but other times felt me confused, for a short amount of time. Everything else worked so well that I can look past that problem with the film.
This movie is definitely not for everyone. Out of my family of four, I was the only person to enjoy the film. But if you are a fan of Tarantino and love his previous movies, I recommend ignoring all the negativity and watch it for yourself.
The cinematography was great. The way it's used to bring the audience back to 1969 was mesmerizing.
The screenplay was extraordinary. This definitely deserves to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the next Academy Awards. Its unpredictability kept me on the edge of my seat.
The pacing was absolutely perfect. Never did this 2h 45m film felt like it dragged or slowed down. It went at a steady pace, never let anything linger or rush by.
Quentin Tarantino has delivered yet another masterpiece in 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood'.

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