One of the brightest summer premieres of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” sets records not only in fees, but also in the number of requests “Who’s Charles Manson and Sharon Tate?” on the Internet. If you’ve already seen this picture, please read the review. If not, google “Who’s Charles Manson and Sharon Tate?” and then buy tickets for the session. Let’s go!
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film. Yes, exactly ninth, because “Kill Bill” is one story divided into two parts. The main action of the picture takes place in 1969 in Los Angeles and is centered around actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his understudy Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Having worked most of their lives in the film industry, the characters are trying to keep up with the rapidly changing world that today is watching “Kill Me Ringo, Said the Gringo”, and tomorrow “Rosemary’s Baby.”
Most of the screen time is a cut from the life of Rick and Cliff, completely fictional characters. As mentioned above, their roles were played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. And we will not hide the fact that this duet is one of the best duets in the cinema in recent times. The characters Rick and Cliff are not only colleagues, but also best friends. They get along well with each other, although they realize that the current situation with work will not keep them afloat for long.
Rick takes on any roles in Westerns, almost always playing the villain. He understands that the role of the “bad” and “of the same type” character is slowly but surely destroying his career. Spectator interest will soon fade, and he will have to sell his big house, buy a smaller apartment and live on interest. The situation with Cliff is even worse, because he, in fact, has no career at all, which is what he says at the beginning of the film. On the other hand, he has a good friend, a trailer and a beloved dog, which will still play a role.
Among the general cohort of secondary characters, I would like to highlight Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate. If only because the PR campaign of the film said – the character of Robbie will be along with DiCaprio and Pitt, which, unfortunately, is not so. The heroine Robbie does not appear often (regarding a three-hour film) and does not do anything that could at least somehow affect the overall plot. Simply put, she just lives: drives around with her husband in a car, goes to a party, to a restaurant with friends, to a store and a movie. Her character does not reveal herself as herself, and now we must write that it was possible to do without her, but no.
Explanation of plot and meaning
The character Robbie actress Sharon Tate is a real girl who was killed along with her friends on August 8, 1969, by members of the Family commune, led by Charles Manson. This fact is key in understanding what is happening on the screen. All the plot lines of the film stretch precisely to the night of August 8th, but all the characters in action, including Rick, Cliff and the dog Brandy, were introduced only to get to the right place at the right time.
Failure or masterpiece
The film goes on for almost three hours, and during all this time he manages to introduce us to Rick’s almost collapsed career, to plunge into the amazing atmosphere of the 60s, and to prepare for the most not obvious denouement (in case you read additional information). In addition, this is the first film of the director, which has a foundation from real events. But only in part. Tarantino would not be Tarantino if he had not used only 50% of the above story, supplementing and changing the source material as soon as he wants.
Of the classical methods of the director, the picture boasts a well-developed visual component, not the most ordinary dialogues, cruelty and a couple of close-ups of female legs.
The result with spoilers
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in the original “ Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” spoilers its name distribution with only one name. With the phrase “ Once Upon a Time in” it is customary to start all tales, a genre of literature that always ends well. So in the film, changing the usual order of things, and introducing non-existent characters, Tarantino helps out the situation with the murder of Tate, “saving” not only her, but all her friends.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is a light comedy drama with an interesting idea, excellent actors, covering the changes, notable changes in the American film industry and being essentially a “love letter to Tarantino’s Hollywood of the 60s”. Recommended.