It’s hard to say what ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ is about. Most of the time the movie, which is set in 1969 Los Angeles, simply trickles along as we follow TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the former star of ’50s Western show ‘Bounty Law’ (a show that Tarantino is apparently thinking about turning into a real thing), and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). They are the old guard that is trying to keep up in a new Hollywood that is moving on without them. A new Hollywood that is embodied by starlet Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), who moved into the house next to Dalton.
As the movie trickles along, Quentin Tarantino not only incorporates all of his movie tropes (foot fetishism, awesome soundtrack and so on), but he also treats us to some awesome scenes like the ones where Cliff runs into Bruce Lee and subsequently Charles Manson’s followers (featuring Lena Dunham and Dakota Fanning) or the ones where Tarantino sketches out Dalton’s career using fake film clips.Meanwhile DiCaprio and Pitt are equally amazing and carry the film with ease. All of it of course leads up to the Tate murders, which is where the movie makes a completely batshit crazy and utterly brilliant twist.
Pretty much the only sour note here is the fact that ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ is Tarantino’s ninth movie. Meaning that if he sticks with his plan to call it a day after ten movies, we only have one masterpiece left. Because that’s exactly what this is, an absolutely stunning movie