Cinematic Adventures: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The second installment of our Cinematic Adventures series is here! I recently re-watched Tarantino’s summer block-buster, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and I liked it even more the second time around. Some people critiqued this film for being too long and too slow moving but I for one liked the change in pace for Tarantino and his love story to old Hollywood was conveyed every step of the way.

The film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards including best picture, best director, screenplay and Brad Pitt took home the award for Best Supporting Actor, well deserved in my opinion. From my assessment, this was Pitt’s best acting performance of his career and the character Cliff Booth epitomized every person who has ever struggled to make a career for themselves.

This is the third time that Tarantino has re-written history in a sense, he did it Django and most notably in Inglorious Bastards. This time around he re-writes the infamous Sharon Tate murder by having Cliff Booth, Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and Brandy the dog take down members of the infamous Manson gang.

For a cinema nerd life myself, the cinematography and set design mixed with the iconic music of the 1960’s and specifically the summer of 1969, makes this film enjoyable in itself. The restructuring of Hollywood Boulevard is breath taking and it shows once again how detailed Tarantino’s writing and story development actually is.

Tarantino received great character performances from his supporting cast including Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler and Margaret Qualley, just to name a few. Pitt and Dicaprio steal the show but Margot Robbie’s subtle and larger than life performance as Sharon Tate is what the film is all about, it captures the entire essence of Tarantino’s film.

Is this film as action packed as Django, Bastards, Reservoir Dogs or even Pulp Fiction, aside from OUATIH final scene, not even close but the screenplay and story arch in this film might be some of Tarantino’s best work in his career. The final scenes in this movie are packed with tension, action and edge of your seat film making, it’s worth every second leading up to it. The entire story of Cliff Booth, Rick Dalton and Sharon Tate converge together on that historically fateful night in the summer of 69′ and Tarantino re-writes that horrific night with a feel good ending that leaves the viewers satisfied and makes us all ponder what might be possible if not for the pure evil that exists in this World. It is a very poignant and fine piece of work from Tarantino who is clearly evolving in his film making process.

I suggest everyone go see this film if you haven’t already and if you have, go re-watch it and take all of the little things that Tarantino has intentionally inserted into this film to make it one of 2019’s best films.

Scor’s Cinematic Adventure Rating: 8.1/10