Once Upon a Time in….Hollywood Movie Review


Anne Rutherford , Reporter

Quentin Tarrantino’s 9th feature film, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino and Kurt Russell in supporting roles. Taking place in Los Angeles, the film depicts the fleeting moments of Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’. Tarantino is famously known for his unique film style, as well as a fair bit of violence and swearing. You can expect both in his latest film. 


The majority of the film takes place in February in 1969. The film follows aging actor Rick Dalton (Dicaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they navigate both the streets of LA and their struggle to adapt to a changing movie industry. The film also follows fellow actress Sharon Tate played by Margot Robbie, as her new acting career flourishes. Rick Dalton was once the star of a hit Western show called, ‘Bounty Law’. Following the cancellation of the show, Rick struggles to find new parts that don’t feature him as the stereotypical cowboy villain. Sharon Tate is pictured very happy and optimistic, in sharp contrast to Dalton’s downward spiraling career. 


Like other Tarantino films, the plot is blurred. The characters and witty dialogue drive the main focus of the film. It takes its time and allows the characters to develop, all while unveiling for the audience a rich tapestry of the 60’s. 


Once again, Quentin Tarrantino creates a spectacle of wonder. Transporting modern audiences back in time to witness the glory days of the film industry, as well as relishing in the time period. What makes his directing so unforgettable are the vignettes that he gives his supporting characters. In the short moments they’re on screen, characters are given witty and hilarious dialogue that has a surprisingly amount of depth. There is no mistaking his work with any other’s. 


Dicaprio is the perfect choice for Rick Dalton. Every role he takes on, he makes his own. His screen presence and command are all on their own level. Brad Pitt stands out on his own against Dicaprio. He is given much of the comedic relief and succeeds in making the audience laugh. Both actors bring charismatic performances, and once again remind us why they are the best actors we have. 


No surprise here, I loved this film. I’ve always been a fan of Quentin Tarrantino He is one of my favorite directors. The film is extremely layered and every storyline, every choice the actors make, every word said is carefully considered and serves a purpose. Audiences however, are always split when it comes to Quentin Tarrantino. Whether you love it or hate it, the film will for sure stir up debate and give younger audiences something to think about. That is what a great filmmaker does.