Movie Talk • Once upon a time in Hollywood
His movie is not like “Inglourious Basterds,” a succession of great scenes. It is rather a deluge of good and very good scenes, involving people we come to care about. Tarantino knows he has our attention, because he knows that we know where the movie is heading, toward that fateful night in Bel Air. So he demonstrating dazzling invention as he tells the story of a cowboy actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt man and best friend (Brad Pitt).
But more important than the fact of the verisimilitude is the ultimate effect of it.These details become an act of reverence. Tarantino is taking us to the time and place of an American disaster, and getting the era right is his way of respecting the world that real people lived in and the horror they went through. Nothing about “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is emotionally cheap, nothing remotely disrespectful to Sharon Tate or the other victims of the tragedy.
DiCaprio is heartbreaking, without ever losing his panache. After a bad day on the set, when he has been drinking and can’t remember his lines, his anguish and self-confrontation, as he shouts at his face in the mirror, is intimate and uncovered. The acting is big, but not empty.
As for Pitt, this might be his best performance. At one point, Cliff finds himself at the Manson family hideout, and the way Pitt clocks the situation, gradually perceiving that something that seemed eccentric and evil.Throughout the film, Pitt exudes charm and a philosophical nature, but also the possibility of explosiveness. He doesn’t show you everything. But some time Pitt seems to know what to do.
Rated: R, for language, some strong graphic violence, drug use and sexual references
Running time: 2 hours, 41 minute
Director: Quentin Taratino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Margaret Qualley
Available : On cinema
Reviewed by Link.