Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★

Every time Tarantino creates a film, it’s an event unto itself. He belongs to the increasingly rare pedigree of directors whose releases are waited upon with bated breath. It’s no different that this was one of my most highly anticipated movies of the year, my Avengers Endgame if you will. Unfortunately, my anticipation for the film has compounded my disappointment with this movie. Yes I knew that the plot was meandering and I truly believe that this was Tarantino’s ode to Hollywood, but seriously what was the point of the film? Tarantino makes daring choices by weaving in the Manson Family, but I’m still unsure as to what social commentary he was making with this pivotal choice. Margot Robbie flits in and out of the screen, blonde, gorgeous and totally inconsequential to the plot. Conversations between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt go on aimlessly at times. There is a listlessness and a lack of focus, making it self indulgent and long winded. And that bombastic ending? It’s great in silo, but unearned and lacking in build up from an objective standpoint. Let’s just hope Tarantino’s 10th and final feature isn’t as lackluster as this one.

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