While walking into Spegeln to finally see this movie the headlines buzzed around in my head. The critics seems to love this movie. But there is a lingering fear whenever Tarantinos name is spoken. Tarantino is becoming stale, the formula is dying, this movie is just another Tarantino hashbrown of ideas. With that lingering fear and slight confusion I walk into the theatre to see for myself. Has the good old Quentin gotten stale like some kind of old toast?
The Tarantino formula, his over the top violence, odd storytelling and fascination for the old timey aestethic are all present in this film. Once upon a time in Hollywood is a slice of life film. A quick glimpse into the life of a variety of movie stars from the golden era (20s-60s). It carries some resemblance to Pulp Fiction in that it both tells a variety of stories from a variety of perspectives that are all somewhat connected.
I just want to clarify one thing. I absolutely love Tarantino and his way of making movies. In my opinion he is far from stale and he constantly manages to throw us viewers for a loop time and time again. This movie was no exception. It pushed almost three hours in playtime and frankly it felt like an hour. Some might argue that the entire plot could be fitted into a 90 minute format and yeah, it most certainly could. But then the impact of the story wouldn’t bash you over the head in the way that it did.
If you are looking for a good Pulp Fiction esque experience this is the movie for you. If you want one of the more accesible Tarantino movies, maybe even the most accesible Tarantino movie then this is for you. Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio have heavenly chemistry and the bromance is real. This might be one of the best Tarantino movies in a long time. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!