Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood Review & Comments

epicdream

Active Member
Really enjoyed this film, no real complaints.
The only thing that slightly brought me out of it was Tarantino's goddamn foot fetish, what is it with this guy?!
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Really enjoyed this film, no real complaints.
The only thing that slightly brought me out of it was Tarantino's goddamn foot fetish, what is it with this guy?!
Half in the bag do a whole gag section on just that in their video review. Which I assume you've seen?
 

THX1138UK

Active Member
I absolutely love it. Slow burner that you just have to let wash over you.

I know Hollywood very well and the movie captures the essence of the place, although it’s a little bit more beaten up these days.

If you don’t know about the Manson murders and Sharon Tate, read about it *before* you see the movie (not a spoiler - the movie expects you to know).

Regards,
James.
 

AncientYouth

Active Member
Really enjoyed this film, no real complaints.
The only thing that slightly brought me out of it was Tarantino's goddamn foot fetish, what is it with this guy?!
I think he just does it for the lols now and it's become a bit of a calling card as everyone makes a thing of it... Like Russ Meyer with big boobs

I really enjoyed the film and if you can take the ending then surely you can take the Bruce Lee portrayal which was v funny

Brad and Leo on top form and Robbie was great as well


9/10 for me
 
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lucasisking

Distinguished Member
The only thing that slightly brought me out of it was Tarantino's goddamn foot fetish, what is it with this guy?!
Like all fetishes it wont make sense to anyone who doesn't share it. I have a mild one myself but I have to say his goes waaaay beyond my own, and he rarely seems to do it in a flattering way.

Going beyond the fetishistic aspects of it though, I've noticed he does it often from a film making perspective with shots panning from feet (shoe'd or otherwise) upwards, revealing characters slowly. I think its a choice that lets you know a person is in the room without revealing their face too soon (and therefore keeping their intentions mysterious for as long as possible). But yeah, he definitely has it bad!
 

MarkNorton1

Active Member
Watched it last night, overall quite enjoyed it and it didn’t feel as long as it should/could have. Feet thing didn’t bother me to much, although quite dirty and not all that pleasant to look at in some cases!

Found the Bruce lee scenes very funny personally, but overall great acting but as already mentioned Brad does steal the show somewhat and Margot, well somewhat wasted but can only imagine she did justice to the character she was portraying.
 

Technikal

Active Member
For the first two hours nothing happens in this film, it is two hours of character development and not much else. The 18 rated element of this film is very short. I like the Tarantino style but not enough to enjoy this film when it is has little else to offer.
 

jdevil

Distinguished Member
For the first two hours nothing happens in this film, it is two hours of character development and not much else. The 18 rated element of this film is very short. I like the Tarantino style but not enough to enjoy this film when it is has little else to offer.
Have to agree with this. It's very tame for 18 as well, Denzel's Equaliser/John Wick had more brutality then this.

By far the weakest Tarantino film IMO, all character driven with a story that leads nowhere (if there is one). If you recap what the film is about, it's essentially the life of a stunt man and an actor over a period of time.

Leonardo DiCaprio of course does a magnificent job, as always. along with Brad Pitt, surprisingly they had a really good chemistry on screen together. The dog was great too but everyone else had minimal screen time that had no meaningful impact.

Let's just hope Tarantino goes out with a bang with his tenth and final film.
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
For the first two hours nothing happens in this film, it is two hours of character development and not much else. The 18 rated element of this film is very short. I like the Tarantino style but not enough to enjoy this film when it is has little else to offer.
Have to agree with this. It's very tame for 18 as well, Denzel's Equaliser/John Wick had more brutality then this.

By far the weakest Tarantino film IMO, all character driven with a story that leads nowhere (if there is one). If you recap what the film is about, it's essentially the life of a stunt man and an actor over a period of time.

Leonardo DiCaprio of course does a magnificent job, as always. along with Brad Pitt, surprisingly they had a really good chemistry on screen together. The dog was great too but everyone else had minimal screen time that had no meaningful impact.

Let's just hope Tarantino goes out with a bang with his tenth and final film.
I completely understand why the languid pacing might not be for everybody, but I'm not entirely sure why anybody would expect anything else from Tarantino.

He's hardly synonymous with wall-to-wall bloodletting. Right from the get-go, he was always known for bursts of (extreme) violence, and, aside from perhaps the Kill Bills, many of his features (Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds etc.) follow this character- and dialogue-driven format. Hell, did anything even happen in Hateful Eight until the 11th hour?

I actually like that Tarantino is assured enough in his style that he can paint a picture and tell a story without resorting to more explosive tactics to keep your attention, but - as I've said - I agree that this style may not be for everybody.

I'd have been more than happy if this was his final film (it's my favourite of his for years, flawed as it may well be), but - conversely - I actually hope he doesn't stop for another 10 films, because I'd happily turn up for every one of them on Day 1. These are movies for adults (unlike Equalizer and John Wick, despite their body counts), done like nobody else in the industry (except, perhaps, Scorsese) still does.
 

Drax1

Distinguished Member


I have to say, the above image taken from Jordan Peele's US
reminded me a lot of way Quentin shot the Manson family appraoching DiCaprio's house in the last act. Or was it just me?
 

jdevil

Distinguished Member
He's hardly synonymous with wall-to-wall bloodletting. Right from the get-go, he was always known for bursts of (extreme) violence, and, aside from perhaps the Kill Bills, many of his features (Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds etc.) follow this character- and dialogue-driven format. Hell, did anything even happen in Hateful Eight until the 11th hour?
Hateful Eight was a classic Hitchcock type set up, a sort of whodunit, these kind of filmmaking keep you hooked from the get go till the final revelation. There has been hundreds of films all set within a car, room or even a death casket for over 90 minutes that keep you engaged. Hollywood had trouble doing so for a period of 2 Hours and 40 minutes.

As I said, I'm a huge QT fan and have been following him for years, a slow pace has never bothered me as QT manages to keep the audiences engaged with memorable dialogues (particularly Pulp Fiction, Django and Bastards). I was 12 when I saw Pulp Fiction, his my favourite director after Nolan and Hitchcock. The story in Hollywood was paper thin frankly and there were 2 really great dialogue heavy scenes (both were Leo with the young girl actress). Time will tell how people will rate this but to me this turned out a experimental film...
 

jahangir79

Active Member
I watched this and in my opinion it was ok but not great .
I loved the line don’t cry in front of “”.

Brad Pitt is the star of this and his sequence with Bruce lee was funny .

In my opinion , Django was fantastic but his subsequent films are not reaching the same giddy heights .
 

steviedr

Distinguished Member
I really enjoyed the film, managed to catch it on 35mm and I don’t know if it was film v digital (as I haven’t seen the digital presentation), but it looked old school gorgeous. Soft, warm, a little grain, a few scratches, felt so different from what I’ve seen (either in cinema or pristine UHD’s at home) over the years, really added to the period.
As for the film, while different pacing, I thought it was a great yarn and having known a little about Manson (Aquarius) helped a little. I see Mindhunter 2 has a Manson story too.
Brad was hilarious, a certain scene toward the end brought me right back to Brad in True Romance.
I found myself almost having to sink into my seat, I was laughing at many scenes, but a few I was the only one - especially the final
swimming scene, I think many may have been stunned at the preceding Brad/dog action, Leo’s smoking scene was almost welcome relief - maybe I’m just a sick mof* :)

Hollywood looked fantastic, even the shots from behind the cars steering wheel heading down the hills just brought me back to films of old. The jarring difference (in film) to European cinema was captured so well. Film historians are going to love this, if you have an appreciation of film over the decades, I think you’re going to get so much from this, but I can also see why some may think “it’s boring”, which is a real shame.
It’s Sunday folks, go out and watch it today!
 

Morden

Active Member


I have to say, the above image taken from Jordan Peele's US
reminded me a lot of way Quentin shot the Manson family appraoching DiCaprio's house in the last act. Or was it just me?
I haven't seen US yet, yes that is similar.
 

Morden

Active Member
Caught this on 35 mm showing yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. As others have said there are a few funny scenes with Brad Pitt providing some highlight scenes throughout the film especially the final section.
There were a few cameos I didn't know about, which appeared like
Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen.


I enjoyed the slow pace, even though I enjoy the MCU films, it's good to watch a film with a lot of character development, which Tarantino always excels as.

As a period piece it catches the late 60s well.

I see imdb has Tarantino as doing a star trek film next, will this be his 10th film as he is shown as producer, writer and director?
It also looks as if it will be an 18 film, the 1st star trek 18, wonder what he has planned for it.
 
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nufcfan1

Active Member
Really enjoyed this film. I am a Tarantino fan who rates Pulp Fiction/Jackie Brown as his best, but with his recent output (Hateful eight/Django) not reaching those heady heights my expectations going in to this movie were not overly high.
It is a real return to form with the fantastic and often very funny dialogue, the occasional violent scenes, the superb performances he gains from his actors (Pitt is a standout), and the genuine love he has for the cinematic artform.
This is obviously an era of cinema that Tarantino holds dear, and It was a joy to watch this story unfold. I honestly did not notice the run time at all.
Highly recommended, and tustling with a very different movie in Endgame as my favourite of the year.
 

Coulson

Well-known Member
The premise certainly sounded intriguing but from the review(s) I'm going to wait until I can watch it at home. I'm also a little worried about what I'm hearing about the Bruce Lee part. I understand that it is only a smallish part but even his family are supposedly not happy.
 

Leo31291

Well-known Member
It was a little uneasy as a Bruce fan. It's certainly more a parody and they play up to it which I found actually quite funny in the end.
 

Captainoats

Active Member
I felt this was one of his worst movies as the first 2 hours of characters was "who cares" and then the build up to the action scene at the end was comical but pointless on how it got there, Very disjointed storyline and not on par with Dogs or Hateful8.
Pitt and Caprio were brilliant though.
 

v1c

Active Member
I love Tarantino and I love Bruce Lee..... I realised from the trailers that it wasn't going to be the real Bruce Lee. The way I look at it is it's an alternative universe Bruce Lee and it is a flash back from a main character perspective as someone mentioned earlier. It's great to see Tarantino keeping things fresh with another unique film unlike anything else. Been playing the soundtrack for the last 2 months.... Man those songs are sticking in my head at the moment.
 

DrGekko

Well-known Member
Ported over from the "user review" section but I felt so left out there as this is where the action's at it seems!

Watched this at Odeon Luxe, Broadway Plaza Birmingham this evening. I rarely visit the cinema, only to take the kids out to be honest but this was an outing with the lads which I was really looking forward to - always love a Tarantino flick!

The movie itself was great! Brilliant script, the acting from all involved was just top notch, all the ingredients of pure, old school movie magic.

However the commercial theatre that was Odeon Luxe completely trashed my experience. First off, the room wasn't dimmed well and the ambient light gave the picture a poor, washed out lacklustre appearance.

Secondly (and this is unforgivable) - no motorised auto-masking or auto screen ratio correction. So the picture was on a large 16:9 screen, washed out with grey bars at the top and bottom!

So much for the over-hyped "ID Sense and 4K image" sales nonsense before the movie began.

Can't wait to see again this properly at home.
 

mainaman

Active Member
I watched it at the Dolby Leicester Square,my first time since the upgrade.I liked the movie,but i understand why some moviegoers have found it a bit uneventful.It is a QT period(the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood) movie,made by cinephiles for cinephiles.Nothing more,nothing less.

The two Dolby Christie laser projectors were very bright indeed,the contrast great for a cinema.I am talking about the trailers,because the movie itself was om 35mm and even on the smallish screen it was a bit soft and "vintage" looking.I have seen H8 on 70mm there and even that wasnt impressive and not a patch on Imax.BTW,Tenet will be screened in 15/70 at Waterloo next summer.

It is a talky movie,but the sound during the trailers was superb and the bass was great for a cinema.

The huge recliners are very comfy,but the leather got very sticky during the long running time.
 
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mainaman

Active Member
Would still see It Chapter 2 there ;)

Or at BFI Imax...
 

Spoonman2

Well-known Member
Saw this last night, I had read nothing about the film before viewing.

Leo and Brad were superb, I was surprised when the credits rolled, really lost myself in the film, the time flew by :)
 

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