As a fan of Tarantino’s filmography, I didn’t quite expect to be so surprised with his 9th feature, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
For most of the runtime Hollywood does not feel like a Tarantino film while also feeling like this is a Tarantino film, which doesn’t really make much sense untill you’ve witnessed this massive slow burn of a film.
I like to think of Hollywood as one of Tarantino’s dialogue driven tension ratcheting scenes stretched out to the point where you either forget or don’t realise there will be a massive crescendo when the time comes, and boy is it worth it.
At the core of the film is DeCaprio and Pitt’s friendship as a washed up actor and his stuntman for which they both put in such great performances, with humour found in little moments abound. In fact that is one of the things I love about this film, it’s ability to find brilliance in two friends hanging out.
Filmed on Anamorphic 35mm by Robert Richardson, Hollywood oozes with unique cinematic style with slow zooms and many wide shots showcasing the character of these lenses.
On the Soundtrack front we have another welcome surprise, as many of the soundtrack choices are placed within the world as if coming from the radio in a car or record player, making Hollywood feel very grounded and let’s you be fully absorbed into the world.
I think it’s a testament to Tarantino that the audience at my screening yelled, laughed and cheered when we reached a certain point and all of that tension was released, what an experience to have.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is in Cinemas in Australia today and I highly recommend it, thanks to Sony Pictures Australia for inviting me to the Premiere!