Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Casting: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
This is my first theater viewing experience of a movie directed by Quentin Tarantino and i was surprised by his fan boys in the theater which was packed to the full house. This movie number 9 is a completely different kind of film making from him which is unheard off. His recreation of the 1960's Hollywood is just phenomenal. The kind of detailing from car selection to music to settings to cinematography you see, will have his signature stamped. The film's two leading men- Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt is a treat to watch and the director has given them equal priority role. There are quiet a lot of enjoyable and smartly written scenes . Few of them just stands out and people will discuss them for ages. The last 30 minutes is shot in an incredible way with a great tension build up. And on top that, the unexpected final act which goes against the historic event that happened in 60's will surprise many. People were clapping and whistling and i felt they just got to see what Tarantino does best. You can never separate violence and gore from this man's film making. My biggest complaint would be is movie is completely devoid of a story and it just follows the day to day life of 3 main characters. That may be intentional as he wanted to showcase their lifes, but there are plenty of flat patches which can piss you off. Like his last film (the Hateful eight) some of the scenes are long, at times very tedious and very exhaustive. Personally I wont consider this as his best. I still rate Inglorious Bastards and Jackie Brown much higher than this. Despite an overlong 3 hours and not having enough meat in the story, i still have to say he was able to deliver a great immersive cinematic experience.
Verdict - 3.5/5(A Hollywood love letter)