Film Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino, audiences will flock to go and watch his work, understandably so, he’s one of the finest filmmakers of all time. But out of all of his films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood appears to be his most divisive. But which camp was I in? Did I adore it, or was I left underwhelmed and disappointed?

Well, sadly, it’s the latter. Despite it’s star-studded cast and fantastic production values, I left this film in a very sombre mood. But why? This had all the makings of a masterpiece. The film certainly has it’s moments, and the performances are fantastic, especially from the two leads Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, unsurprisingly. However, the whole affair is incredibly dull and boring, in my eyes, it didn’t really seem to go anywhere and there was a complete lack of a cohesive story. Essentially, it’s a whole lot of nothing that leads to a 10-minute climax, that admittedly, is brilliant. But even that wasn’t enough pay-off, and I felt like I had wasted a good two and a half hours on something that never really moved out of first gear.

As a tribute to Hollywood and it’s Golden Age, the film is great, and when it does utilise the comedy aspect, it’s immensely funny. My problem was that there simply wasn’t enough of it, and during the interim periods we were left with extremely long, drawn-out sequences that weren’t really engaging and often left me wondering “what was the point in that?”. One sequence in particular sticks out in my mind, without spoiling, it went on for a good 10 minutes and was all being used to set-up one punchline. Sure, it was funny, but it wasn’t worth the wait at all.

Basically, I was bored, and the only thing I really took away from this film is that Quentin Tarantino has a massive foot fetish, seriously, you’ll see what I mean if you watch it. It’s likely to be the first Tarantino film I wouldn’t recommend to anyone else and I have zero desire to watch it again. I felt awkward when watching it, because I was fearful that I would be the only one with this opinion, but I was surprised to see that a lot of people agreed with me, and some adored this film. The division is interesting and just goes to show the beauty of cinema.

There’s no denying that this film is well-made and performed, with great production values. But that wasn’t enough for me sadly, and I expected more.

Oh, and Margot Robbie was criminally underutilised, just thought I’d add that.

What did you think of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Let me know!

I give Once Upon a Time in Hollywood a 6/10. 

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