ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

So You Only Gave It Four Out of Five Stars?

As a result, we debated whether or not Quentin Tarantino’s labyrinthine nostalgic, but ultimately shallow and very long Hollywood adventures should be included on the list at length.

Was It, in Fact, Leo’s Blue Eyes That Made the Distinction?

You aren’t completely out of the woods. As for DiCaprio and Pitt, we simply couldn’t get enough of them, as their warm and affectionate bromance melted our hearts while providing us with a ton of entertainment value. Aside from being one of the best scenes in the film, the scene in which Leo’s crooked has-been actor Rick Dalton loses his head in his trailer was also one of the most improvised. Since the happy 1990s, Pitt has not exuded such superior coolness as he does right now. Simply put, an iconic pairing along the lines of Redford and Newman.

And then you have to admit to yourself that ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is a film you want to watch over and over again – almost as if you were living in it.

Tarantino never implies that there is a world outside of Hollywood fantasy, a world filled with ideas, desires, demands, and crises that agitate moviegoers, if not their creators. To this end, in the final twist, he rigorously and methodically excludes the outside world from the scope of the film. This only serves to further hammer home his point of view on the subject of religion. “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” is a film about a world in which the characters, with the assistance of director Quentin Tarantino, create sublime illusions that embody their virtues and redeem their failings—and then perform acts of real-life heroism to justify their actions once more. While its most memorable sequences have a sacred quality to them, in their revelation of the heroes who, he suggests, really do walk among us, his closed system of cinematic faith has the narrow-minded fanaticism of a religious sect.

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