Critics Corner - Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie

Rated: R 

Runtime: 2 Hours 41 Minutes 1/5


            A day in the life of Rick Dalton, a waning actor and his stunt double, Cliff Booth. Their escapades paint a picture of the less washed times of Hollywood. Rick struggles in his acting career and Cliff just goes with the flow. All the while their neighbors’ lives are peppered through the film to remind us of the impending peril.

            Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood, earns one out of five, Dirty Footed Monkeys. The acting is better than most Quentin Tarantino movies. The actors deliver their lines in a more natural way, not in the usual Tarantino style, with declarative statements as if every word uttered from their lips are the most important words spoken by human tongue. The production value itself was great and a lot of attention to detail went into it. The pace of the film was glacially slow with small calvings of plot and action spread too thin to keep one interested. I had the urge to walk out, but alas I persevered to the very end and it was worth it. The last half hour of the movie contained a satisfying ending that turned one monkey from the brink of abandoning ship.

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