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Aug 20

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – A Drew Review

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Let me set the tone for this review by calling
Quentin Tarantino an absolute cinematic
genius. I was so impressed by this movie. On
a semi-digressive side note, I believe this one
movie will completely bring back 70’s fashion
just in time for the new decade.
The opening of the movie has you engaged
immediately as you try to determine the
chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and
Brad Pitt. Within about twenty minutes into the
film, you realize the chemistry between the two
A-Listers is nothing less than sublime.

Very interesting plot; once again, Tarantino is showing his film acumen by masterfully weaving fiction and reality. DiCaprio is captivating and convincing as TV star Rick Dalton, and his
longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt),
make their way around an industry they hardly
recognize anymore.
This is the ninth film from the sometimes
controversial writer-director. This film features
a large ensemble cast and multiple story lines
in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s
golden age.

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Tarantino has joined a very rare “Directors
Club.” I’ve determined those members include Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Clint East-
wood and Martin Scorsese, where basically it would be an insult to refuse an invitation to be
in their films. Don’t misunderstand me, you’re
not going to see a lot of great actors saying “No
Thanks” to James Cameron, Spike Lee or Ridley Scott either. These top 5 Directors seem to command that kind of allegiance from actors, which is very respectful, bordering on adoration. In other words, when you see “Al Pacino” in a bit
part in a major movie, you know that Director
has irrefutable industry approval and respect.
By the way, yes “Al Pacino” does have a bit part
and uses his approximately 5- minutes of screen
time inventively and artful.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Margot
Robbie’s hauntingly real portrayal of doomed
model/actress “Sharon Tate.” Robbie captures
the beauty, and the fashion and openness of the
time, as well as the uncertainty.
You will laugh throughout this movie, and in
pure Tarantino fashion, you will be shocked and
surprised. This is one of the few movies that I
would immediately see again back-to-back.
The Drew Review rates this movie on a one to
ten scale, a glowing “10.”
When you get to the movies, tell them Drew
sent you.
Drew B. The “B” is for always striving to be
better.