Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
2019 | dir: Quentin Tarantino | 2h 41m
To be perfectly upfront: I don't necessarily get excited for Tarantino films, but I do make a point of seeing them in the theatre. I can appreciate his approach to cinema but I don't often find myself revisiting like I used to. Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs were Top Films of my youth and perhaps saturated my appetite for a long time to come. That being said, I love the attention to detail Tarantino puts into his films, and the originality of which he brings life to the big screen. I really enjoyed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Where his previous - The Hateful Eight - was an exercise in tension, Hollywood is on the surface, a slower, lighter, more escapist film that (of course) dabs into the brutal violence he's known for. Being somewhat unaware of the general plot beforehand certainly lent itself to my enjoyment of the film, but I would have to say I was fully invested throughout the (lengthy) run-time. The acting is incredible and the characters were vibrant and full of depth. Maybe I don't give Tarantino enough credit; at the very least I need to revisit his filmography as I truly appreciate the content he puts out there.