'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' review: Quentin Tarantino manages to present a powerful climax
The actors put in commendable performances.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a washed-out TV star and his body stunt double Brad Pitt who are trying to make it big in Hollywood in 1969. But more than the cast and the plot, the film is a loving tribute to “the way we were”. In every frame, Tarantino is indulgently showing off an era he is clearly in love with. So much so that the film will test your patience and make you wonder about the pointlessness of several set pieces. Even looking back, one could make the argument that many of the scenes could have been edited out. But thankfully, Tarantino manages to bring together the many seemingly unrelated threads towards the end to make for a powerful climax.
He’s also taken many cinematic liberties with the telling of the tale, so don’t go looking for historical accuracies. Production and cinematography are top notch, and even those unfamiliar with Los Angeles of the 60s would be left impressed. The actors put in commendable performances. DiCaprio is especially good portraying an insecure actor. Pitt is also a treat to watch, while Robbie, Al Pacino and Kurt Russell are seasoned professionals who know exactly what is needed.
But 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' is about one man alone: This is Quentin Tarantino’s film, and it shows a filmmaker doing what he does best.