Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is in theaters on July 26th, 2019.
Quentin Tarantino is back with Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood. Now you'll see the name Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt and think to yourself that this is going to be one of his best movies yet. I think it is my duty to lower your standard before you watch this film with such high hopes that you leave disappointed.
While DiCaprio does give an amazing performance, and he is a well enough reason to see this film, I was impressed with Brad Pitt as well. Pitt seemed to just have fun with his character, yet it was serious enough to be realistic in the film. Pitt was able to bring the comic relief, and he knows how to bring that subtle comedy into the mix.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that if this movie was released without the name Tarantino attached to it, I don't think critics would like this film as much. I think special opinions are reserved for directors that are known to do well, and this is the same case. Tarantino has special pull, and he has the studios have him make the final call. If this was someone else, I think it wouldn't have been as long, and the film would have went smoother and quicker.
We all know Tarantino likes to keep his films long, but this film was too long for what the story was telling. You will be watching it at times and realize that the scene you just watched added no value to the story. While yes, the visuals are cool, and the performances are on par, the story seems too loose. This film needs to be edited a little more, shortened, and it needs to go smooth.
The really big issue it this film has such a little pay off. Tarantino likes to have his bloody scenes, but for some reason in Once Upon he only has one bloody scene that is only fifteen minutes long. While it is a perfect scene for this movie, the first two hours of the movie isn't worth the small bloody scene in the movie.
I recommend to see this one on the big screen, however just walk in the last ninety minutes of the movie. This way you still see the amazing actor job from the two male leads, and a few others, and the bloody scene is worth your time.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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