Salutations my fellow movie goers from across the globe. I want to thank you for supporting my website. Today is my 400th post presented as a very special article about one of my favorite directors, Quentin Tarantino, his ninth film is set in The 1969.
After Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight” was released in 2015, Quentin worked on a screenplay based on the infamous Manson Family Murders which occurred in 1969. The actual story is about a washed up actor named, Rick Dalton & his stuntman/best friend Cliff Booth, they attempt to revitalize their careers in The Film Industry. After Quentin finished the script in 2017, Harvey “Saddam Hussein” Weinstein was revealed to be a rapist. As a result of his misdeeds, The Film Industry severed ties from Harvey/Saddam including Quentin himself. Thus, #MeToo Movement was born kicking out almost every rapist in Hollywood. It also cost “The Weinstein Company” to collapse.
In 2018 Quentin decided to let Sony produce & distribute his ninth film. He also recruited Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio & Margot Robbie to headline the film. In addition to the three leads, Quentin also recruited Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Zoë Bell, Emile Hirch, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Mike Moh, James Marsden, Harley Quinn-Smith, (Kevin Smith’s real life daughter) Maya Hawke, (Uma Thurman’s real life daughter) Rumer Willis, (Bruce Willis’ real life daughter) Danielle Harris, & Al Pacino in supporting roles.
After a year of filming, producing, & editing in post-production, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is finally distributed in theaters.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is currently out in theaters. Prior to it’s July 26th release date, the film premiered at The 2019 Cannes Film Festival on May 21st, earning a standing ovation. Early reviews were extremely positive. Quentin’s ninth film is currently out in theaters. It received positive reviews from critics and movie goers alike. In addition to positive reception, it’s currently making money at the box office. Despite labeled as a decent movie, the ending has divisive reactions.
Today’s review doesn’t contain any potential SPOILERS present throughout this article. Feel free to read my non-spoiler review.
Golden & Rusty Aspects
Golden: The Main Leads including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt & Margot Robbie all did a fantastic job for their respective performances, portraying Rick Dalton, Cliff Booth & Sharon Tate.
Quentin Tarantino did a great job writing and directing his ninth film. He was very careful not to disrespect Sharon Tate. Sharon’s surviving relatives approved Quentin’s depiction of the late actress.
Harry Potter film producer David Heyman served as a producer of the film.
Other Cast Members such as Kurt Russell, Emile Hirch, Mike Moh, Timonthy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Harley Quinn-Smith, Maya Hawke, Michael Madsen, Zoë Bell, Danielle Harris, the late Rick Perry & Al Pacino all did a decent job for their respective performances.
After Burt Reynolds’ death, Bruce Dern filled in his role as George Sphan.
Kurt Russell also narrates the film in occasional moments.
Humor made me laugh in most scenes. Quentin is known for his sharp tongued dialogue, black comedy & characters having an emotional breakdown.
Cinematography never suffered from a bad case of Shaky Cam.
If you grew up in The 60’s or were born in that time period, references to movies, music, TV shows & celebrities of that era are present.
The movie takes place in 1969 ranging a seven month gap from February to August.
The soundtrack contains songs from The 60’s. You can purchase a vinyl record of the soundtrack to go back in time.
Unlike Quentin’s films, his ninth film is way different. I think it’s fine that he doesn’t want to put too many of his trademarks in a film based on real life events in order to avoid upsetting Sharon’s relatives. At least he didn’t direct Hilary Duff’s stinker, “The Haunting Of Sharon Tate.”
Rick Dalton’s stars in his show called, “Bounty Law.” A western show based on “Gunsmoke.”
The title of Quentin’s ninth film is named after Sergio Leone’s two films “Once Upon A Time In The West” & “Once Upon A Time In America.” It’s also named after Robert Rodriguez’ “Once Upon A Time In Mexico.”
Chemistry between Rick Dalton & Cliff Booth, served as the main highlight of the film. In real life, both Leo & Brad are very good friends and they want to collaborate again in the future.
Quentin stated that Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio’s onscreen chemistry is based on Paul Newman & Robert Redford’s onscreen partnership.
The Columbia Pictures logo is presented in retro format. What you’re about to see, indicates you’re going back in time.
Actual production designs recreate The 60’s era. Bringing attention to detail in every aspect.
Costume Designs felt authentic to fashion from the time period.
I gotta love Cliff’s dog. He deserves Bonus Points for that one scene. If you’ve already seen Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, you probably understand why.
The narrative branches out three stories in an everyday life atmosphere. One, involves Rick Dalton trying to revitalize his fading career. Two, focusing on Cliff Booth who gets dragged into a situation. Three, Sharon Tate enjoying a nice day as she’s happy to be a movie star.
I know most critics said that the ending is quite divisive, but I actually thought it was ok.
Harvey “Saddam Hussein” Weinstein no longer works with Quentin. I’ll give Quentin an Extra Point for severing ties with one sick son of a f**king bitch.
Rusty: Tim Roth’s scenes are cut in the theatrical release. I’ll let this con slide, because Quentin will possibly re-release an extended version of the film just like he did with The Hateful Eight’s extended version on Netflix.
Lena “John Wayne Gacy” Dunham’s involvement in the film nearly reunion my movie going experience. If you’ve read her book “I’m Not That Kind Of Girl,” she “touched” her younger sister. After Quentin severed ties with Harvey Weinstein, he doesn’t realize he’s working with a child molester who never does her research, doesn’t care about other people other than herself, once said she wanted an abortion & a lying manipulative bitch who gets away scot free. Gonna have to Triple Down Points for Quentin not firing Lena on day one! Ridley Scott did the right thing replacing Kevin Spacey’s dirty ass with Christopher Plummer taking over his role as J. Paul Getty in “All The Money In The World.” Lena is a stupid blabber mouth c**t! She’s the epitome of an unwanted pregnancy, the mother carrying her unborn child, recklessly drinks while pregnant!
The Final Verdict: A-
In my opinion, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a drastically different movie from Quentin Tarantino’s eight films and three non-directed films. Four Rooms doesn’t count as a dignified masterpiece. Although not on the same grade as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill,” “Inglorious Basterds,” “Django Unchained” & “The Hateful Eight,” I really enjoyed the performances, going back in time to The 60’s, production designs & never disrespecting Sharon Tate’s tragic death. If you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino films, I highly recommend this film. To paraphrase Denzel Washington’s quote from “Training Day, “Lizzie McGuire ain’t got rhino poop on me!”
Rumors speculate that Quentin might direct a sequel to Kill Bill. He’s already onboard to direct a Star Trek film. Does it mean he’s reconsidering his retirement plans after making ten movies?
R.I.P. Luke Perry. Viewers who grew up watching “Beverly Hills 90210” will never forget your legacy.
I’m gonna say one more thing, “F**K LENA DUNHAM! By the way, I got my Twitter account for saying nasty things towards Lena. So Twitter can lick my ass & go f**k themselves.