Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Moviesda
Producer: David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margaret Robbie, Emily Hirsch, Margaret Quail, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Al Pacino
Category: English, Comedy, Drama
Duration: 2 Hrs 43 Min
Once upon a time in hollywood: Trailer
When two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, come together for a film, audience are bound to get excited. That’s why, fans were eagerly waiting for master director Quitin Tarantino’s ninth film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and the stars in the film do not disappoint them either.
This Tarantino film is like a love letter to the golden age of Hollywood. However, Indian audience might not relate too well to it due to the real references to Hollywood’s bygone era and a lot of flashbacks.
Set in the year 1969, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ traces the journey of aging TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt body double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Rick Dalton, once the star of the fifties’ superhit TV show Bounty Law, is forced to play negative roles due to his age and career decline. Meanwhile, Cliff Stundt has now become Rick’s driver from a body double. Rick’s agent Marvin Schwartz (Al Pacino) suggests to try his luck in Italian films, which Rick doesn’t like. Rick likes nothing else and is a free-spirited hippie. Also, well-known French director Roman Polanski (Rafael Javirucha) moves in next door to Rick with his actress wife Sharon Tate (Margret Robbie). Both of them are at the peak of their careers. As the film progresses, so does the story of Rick-Cliff, the hippies and Sharon. The connection between these three may not be understood at one go, but the film’s stupendous climax proves why Quitin is called a master director!
Quentin has made this film with great love, but has also taken a lot of leeway in it. The film seems quite sluggish in the middle. There are many unnecessary scenes in the long duration of three and a half hours, which test the patience of the audience, but the climax of the film is tremendous. In terms of acting, both Leonardo and Brad Pitt compete with each other. During the pilot shoot of a show, Leonardo’s emotions are worth seeing in the child artist scene. Brad Pitt in his composed avatar proves to be the kind of friend everyone would want in their life. The rest of the cast including Al Pacino, Margaret Robbie, Margaret Quali have also done a great job. The cinematography and production design of the film is commendable. The music also suits the film, while the editing needed to be tightened.
Why to watch: The Golden Age of Hollywood and the soulful pairing of Leonardo and Brad Pitt.
Author: Sangeeta Verma
Occupation: Indian film critic and reviewer
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Masters in Mass Communication
Career: Sangeeta Verma started her career as a freelance writer and film critic and continuing it.