Didn't really know what to expect besides the (unbelievable) cast and the obvious love for the time period, but "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" turned out to be higher-end QT for me. This is much more in line with "Jackie Brown" than his other plot-driven films, and that breezy feeling suits the film to a T.
Case in point: an unusual amount of screentime is devoted to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) slipping into a theater and watching herself on the big screen in "The Wrecking Crew", beaming at the audience's laughter. This is nothing less than a celebration of Tate's legacy (and loss); the camera loves Robbie and so do we. The sweetness in this scene is refreshing.
It's also one of Tarantino's funniest, with much of the humor derived from the characters' disdain for hippies. Yes, Sharon Tate a character in this and yes, the third act goes down on that fateful night . . . but history plays out differently, with brutal and hysterical results.
I loved this movie. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are superb, the period is a engaging sandbox, and this is a highlight of Summer 2019.
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