Review: Once Again QT Breaks Better History

17th Dallas International Film Festival


Every generation viewer should be warned that: This is not a trip into your father’s Hollywood, but QT trip to what was arguably the golden age of Hollywood’s production past.

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood Courtesy Bona Pictures, HeyDay Pictures and Sony Entertainment

In that past, as in 1969, it was a changing of an era, not only across the US but those changes may have hit Hollywood hard.
Just in the shuffle to appease the mass media needs of a rapidly changing audience. As the era of the western drew to a close it is stunning to think about how long its effects lasted, “The Lone Ranger” began production in 1949 and ended in 1967 leaving many actors who were used to being Hollywood cowboys in a new position just like Brad Pitt’s character.
The story mainly follows the progression of Leonardo DiCaprio who portrays Rick Dalton who is coming to the end of a starring role on a long-running TV western. Rick Dalton is shadowed in real life as on the screen by his stunt double Cliff Booth portrayed by Brad Pitt.

Courtesy Bona Pictures, HeyDay Pictures and Sony Entertainment

Sharon Tate and the Manson family are at best side notes to the friendship and movie work of DiCaprio and Pitt.
Providing an understanding into who Tate was as a person provided a unique perspective for the side notes that led to the driving process of the film’s climax.
The choices the director made to show the attachment of Sharon Tate to the film but not a direct part of the story was the most unique choice of the director’s writing.
This film explores the dynamic between that old Hollywood and the new of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. Included within Tarantino’s story is Pitt’s shuffling generation whose soup de’ jour was war and death. What escapist provisions will be purveyed by the current Hollywood elite? Will the old norms be maintained or subjugated to the hippy sub-culture on the horizon? Well, Quentin has your questions answered all with a kick-ass soundtrack to boot.

If your only reason to see this film is to see an Eight-month pregnant chick get massacred in a slaughterhouse film you may be headed to the wrong theater. However, a view of Hollywood in the late sixties, the age of Tarantino’s very early youth, and gaze at the mysticism that captured his eye then you made the right choice.
Millennials should take this chance to take in a moment from your parents early days or in my case not yet born era.
Even though this was equally as violent as many Tarantino films it did end on such a happy note it may support the context that this is his martini shot (next to the last) film.

I believe it would be hard for a storyteller of this caliber to stop, with some people it is a duty. And … this is an office we need QT to run for. I’ll be the first to say 4- MORE –Pics!!! At LEAST and where is QT5 Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse?

15th Dallas International Film Festival