My Thoughts on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - SPOILERS-
So I finally watched one of my most anticipated movies of 2019, and I've decided that I do love it. Tarantino makes event films and this is no different, he's always gonna be one of my favourite directors. Currently, this is isn't one of my favourites from him but that could easily change after several inevitable rewatches. This is a more tame effort from him and it really works to tell a more mature and contemplative story, while also providing the pulpy dialogue the man can produce. The chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt is as good as the chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt could possibly be, I think DiCaprio in particular gives a phenomenal performance that gives him a chance to flex his dramatic and comedic chops. The cinematography and production design and all that stuff were just perfect and I have no gripes with the amount of time Tarantino spends in gazing at him and his crew's creations. I'll admit this is the first Tarantino film that felt a bit draggy but at the same time it's such a mesmerising place to spend too much time in that I can't really complain about it. The film has a clear three act structure that you could argue only uses one of those acts to actually do anything, but I personally had a blast just getting familiar with Rick and Cliff's daily lives over the course of a weekend before jumping 6 months later to when we see the film reach its climax. I honestly had such a blast seeing Cliff and his dog just fucking annihilate those Manson henchmen before Rick comes in with his flamethrower, those whole final 20 or so minutes were awe inspiring. If I'm being honest tho, when the credits started to roll I wasn't left with the same impact as I have been with the endings to other Tarantino films, particulary Django Unchained which I would probably say is my favourite of his. So while I enjoyed the ending IMMENSELY, it just didn't have the emotional effect that it could have. Still tho, it's a great film. Not top 5 of the year or anything but still, probably top 20, I loved it.