Brought back by popular demand, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a soon-to-be very famous next-door neighbor: Sharon Tate. The film has been savaged by some critics for being a paean to the old white-boy Hollywood, and lauded by others for all the reasons Tarantino’s films are usually lauded. See it and decide for yourself.
“There is a lot of love in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, and quite a bit to enjoy.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times
“DiCaprio and Pitt are probably as good as they’ve ever been in anything: one superbly channeling the outsize ego and fragility of an actor in early midlife spiral, the other a sort of beachboy Lebowski with a singular gift for sudden violence.” — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
“Tarantino’s all-star fantasia links Hollywood and Manson-era violence into the best and most explosive cinema we’ve seen all year. You can feel Tarantino’s mad love for movies in all their disreputable dazzle and subversive art in every shot.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
UK, USA, China
Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)