Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

A work of pure ambition from Quentin Tarantino! - 9/10

by The Movie Inspector

A thrilling comedy-drama, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a work of pure ambition from Quentin Tarantino and one thing is for sure, it’s as fun as it is stylish. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt share a sensational chemistry that carries the movie from start to finish!


Quentin Tarantino is back and he sure knows how to remind us of that! Whether it’s his signature directorial style, the iconic setting or the stunning performances, this movie surely delivers on most of its promises and ultimately provides viewers with an exhilarating movie! Fans of Tarantino’s work are in for a treat with this bold and distinctive feature, and though it may slightly resemble some of his previous films, it most definitely has a soul of its own and keeps pushing the story to the edge of its limits. ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ is set in 1969 Los Angelas and follows washed-up TV actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double as they seek to find fame and success. 

From the moment the opening titles start rolling, you’ll know you’re in for something special. The dynamic duo instantly get you invested in this 161 minute joyride and are sure to keep you laughing along the way. I just love how the story unfolds and progresses. Tarantino is able to immerse us into his film by making us feel as though we are part of the action. All his characters, even the supporting ones, are so lovable and deliver some terrific lines (as expected). Margot Robbie, who plays Sharon Tate, is radiant in her role despite the fact that she’s not the focus of the film or doesn’t add that much to the storyline. It’s truly Tarantino magic, the way he pulls off everything in such a smooth and stylish manner.

Now it’s no lie, the runtime is pretty long and sure the film does drag at times but that’s barely an inconvenience as the fun and focused narrative always leads the way. However, there is a certain element to the plot that kind of disappointed me because I felt misled, however as the third act comes to play, I soon understood perhaps why that was necessary. Speaking of that third act, it is simply my favorite part of the movie, with explosive action and hilarious laughs. Additionally, the soundtrack was spot-on and Robert Richardson’s cinematography was simply beautiful. I have a strong feeling that this movie will garner lots of love this awards season, so do yourselves a favor and watch this movie ASAP!

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