Since it’s been nearly a while since I watched most of the Oscar Best Picture Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch all 9 of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films. I am rewatching them in no particular order. Here are my Optimized thoughts on Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood (2019) :
“You’re the one with the big mouth, and I would really enjoy closing it, especially in front of all my friends. But my hands are registered as lethal weapons. That means, we get into a fight, I accidentally kill you? I go to jail.” – Bruce Lee
“Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It’s called manslaughter.” – Cliff Booth
Number of Times Seen – 26 (9 Aug 2019 and 5 Feb 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A Hollywood actor and his stunt double/best friend try to maneuver themselves around town when their star begins to fall.
My Take on it – I have been a Quentin Tarantino fan from the start and have enjoyed all of his films due to his very unique style.
This is yet another superb film by him and it works on so many levels.
They are able to find a way to transport the viewer back 50 years and the story and its atmosphere work so well together.
The first half of this film has a great build up that reaps so many pay offs during the second half which shows how ell the story was developed.
The cast is chosen so well and they are all so talented in these roles.
The standout among them all is obviously Brad Pitt who plays things cool and calm the whole time.
He is expected to take home Gold at the Oscars tomorrow for his (supporting) role.
The characters, costumes, production design and music all work so well together in setting this place and time for us.
Tarantino’s unique style of dialogue also helps here because it helps bring these characters and situations to life right before us.
There are people who claim that this film’s major flaw is the way that they try to manipulate and re-arrange history, but I actually believe that that adds so much more to things because it shows us that eve small changes in our routine could possibly lead to very different outcomes in all that we do.
This may not be Tarantino’s best work, but it comes awfully close..
Can’t wait to see this yet again because there is so much rich detail to take in every time.
Bottom Line – Another amazing Tarantino film that is superb on so many levels. The film creates the perfect atmosphere for this kind of story and the build up during the first half has great pay offs during the second half. The cast is amazing and they all fit in so well with the story and atmosphere of it all. Pitt is the obvious standout here and will hopefully take home Gold for this (supporting) role. The music and characters help set the place and time and Tarantino’s dialogue is once again so realistic and exquisite throughout. Some people fault this film for its re-imagining of history, but I loved the way they did it because it shows how even little changes in routine could possibly lead to a very different outcome. Not Tarantino’s best but still quite close. Highly Recommended!
Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – Most definitely! Tarantino once again hits it out of the ball park with this story that utilizes a re-imagined history in delivering its punch.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Brad Pitt ad-libbed the line, “You’re Rick f*cking Dalton! Don’t you forget that.” Pitt based that line on an actor who told him the same thing when he was a budding actor in the early nineties. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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