Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood ends Summer movie season on a high note

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is his best.


Wesley Torres, Editor in Chief

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s penultimate movie and his magnum opus. The film follows Rick Dalton, an actor who is starting to fade into obscurity after years on the silver screen and his stunt double, Cliff Booth, in 1969 Hollywood. When Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate move next door, Rick realizes how fast he is becoming a thing of the past. The first two hours of the film is their everyday lives, from Rick filming a cowboy television show to Cliff fixing an antenna and remembering  the time he got into a fight with Bruce Lee. 

The phenomenal performances by Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt are the only reason watching the mundane day to day life of these characters works. Everything goes crazy in the last thirty minutes, with the involvement of the Manson murders. Like in Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino revises history again in the best way possible.

Academy Award winner Dicaprio shines as always in another role, better than  The Revenant. He is a real award season contender again. Dicaprio manages to portray an actor completely insecure about himself and stressed about his future in the industry to perfection. 

Brad Pitt stars as Cliff Booth, the best friend to Rick. It’s not surprising that Pitt’s good in a movie but he’s special in this one. I loved every single minute he was on screen and that’s hard to do in a movie that’s almost three hours long. He’s such a mysterious character, with no back story that it makes him even better. 

The rest of the supporting cast are amazing from Damon Herriman as Charles Manson (he also plays Manson in the Netflix show Mindhunter), to Al Pacino. Margot Robbie stands above the rest as Sharon Tate with less than ten minutes of screentime.

Quentin Tarantino is a very strange man but unquestionably one of the best filmmakers of all time. This film is his love letter to the Hollywood that made him fall in love with movies. With a long runtime, he does as he pleases and makes one of the best movies of the year. Literally a film made for the Oscars, it’ll sweep nominations in every big category and should win a few. It’s worth the price of admission.

Rating: A+