Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 comedy-drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Produced by Columbia Pictures, Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, and Visiona Romantica and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is a co-production between the United States, United Kingdom, and China. It features a large ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1960s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that he doesn't recognize anymore. He spends most of his time drinking and palling around with Cliff Booth, his easygoing best friend and longtime stunt double. Rick also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate -- the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family.
Why It Rocks
- The acting performance is awesome and talented, thanks to large ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
- For Brad Pitt, his performance as Cliff Booth received critical praise, winning him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
- Fantastic directing of Quentin Tarantino, since it is the first film not to involve Bob and Harvey Weinstein, as Tarantino ended his partnership with the brothers following the sexual abuse allegations against the latter.
- It features references, such as the title, in which is a reference to director Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America as well as the film's poster.
- The movie has connections to other Tarantino films, such as Cliff Booth, who is a reference to Brad Pitt's character in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Lt. Aldo Raine, a special forces WWII veteran who takes the cover of a stuntman.
- Like other Quentin Tarantino movies, the cinematography is still stunning and awesome.
- Characters that is from historical are still likable and great in their ways, such as Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring.
- Much like Django Unchained, the creative twist of 1936-1976's Columbia Pictures logo is the same, but is still very well-made.
- The fictional characters are very likable, such as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth.
The Only Bad Quality
- Some historical inaccurate and there is the characters controversy, such as Bruce Lee.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood received praise from critics for Tarantino's direction and screenplay, the performances (particularly from DiCaprio and Pitt), cinematography, soundtrack, sound design, costume design, and production values. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 571 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.". Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 62 critics, indicating "universal acclaim." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave it an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an average of 4 out of 5 stars and a 58% "definite recommend."
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