Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
First screened in July 2019
Director: Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Madisen Beaty, Mikey Madison, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Lena Dunham, Lorenza Izzo, Julia Butters, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Mike Moh, Nicholas Hammond, Damon Herriman, Emile Hirsch, Damian Lewis, Michael Madsen, Scoot McNairy, Luke Perry, Zoë Bell, James Landry Hébert, Costa Ronin, Rafal Zawierucha. Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino.

Twitter Capsule: Everything one might credit as smart about this movie also seems, from a nearby angle, kinda dumb.

Second Capsule: I'm not in the "it's great till it isn't" camp. The whole feels of a piece: dreamy and messy, complicated and crass, tender and off-putting.

VOR:   Especially once the movie's over, reverberations among its seemingly freestanding parts get more interesting. Certainly bears contemplation.



Photo © 2019 Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures/Heyday Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–


Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Director: Quentin Tarantino
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Production Design (Barbara Ling)
National Board of Review: Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Pitt)

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