once upon a time in Hollywood movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Shockingly violent, highly entertaining and twisting the facts of actual history, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a Tarantino cinematic blast. Whether you know about the history behind the events or not, you’ll still find it equally enjoyable.


After realising his career is fading, television actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth strive to succeed and achieve fame in 1969 Los Angeles.

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Movie details

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Al Pacino, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date (Australia): 15 August 2019
Runtime: 161 minutes/2h 41m
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, China
Language: English, Spanish, Italian


Themes (M)

The film contains thematic content including cult members attempting to murder a group of people, as well as references to murder.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes of strong violence in which people are punched, hit with blunt objects, set on fire, a man’s face is stomped on and a woman’s head is smashed into walls. These scenes are accompanied by graphic depictions blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent and occasionally aggressive use of the word “f**k”, as well as uses of “s**t”, “**shole”, “p***y” and “goddamn”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains verbal drug references throughout, as well as depictions of marijuana use and characters under the influence of LSD.

Sex (M)

The film includes verbal sexual references, including use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context and a woman offering a man oral sex whilst he drives.

mpaa rating

R (for language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use and sexual references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: a satirical spin on the history of the Manson family murders, a collection of extremely enjoyable sequences on the set of Western television shows, and a hilarious union between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Although it features highly fictionalised and fantasised twists on horrific real life events, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film truly stands out from the rest of his previous work, mainly when you look at its genres, settings, characters, taste and story.

This new film from the talented writer and director is a comedy-drama, for the fact that it’s frequently very funny and Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Rick Dalton, is a fading television star who’s striving to achieve fame before falling out of the public eyes. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s main story is focused on him and his stunt double named Cliff Booth, given heaps of spark from the performance of Brad Pitt, as they try to step back into their promising movie careers. DiCaprio and Pitt are both hilarious in this film, and they have an excellent chemistry when they’re on screen together.

Another spotlight in the film you may have heard about that’s not minor enough to consider a small subplot placed to create the form of tension, excitement and nausea, is of course the Manson family murders and actress Sharon Tate. Tate is played by Margot Robbie who has several scenes to herself throughout the film, usually always feeling unnecessary to the main plot but still being highly entertaining and giving us time to enjoy with her character. And without spoiling, there aren’t any promises that the ending won’t be equally as satisfying or justifying as Tarantino’s previous works Inglorious Basterds or Django Unchained.

The first act starts off pretty difficult to get sucked into, and lots of viewers will remain bored throughout the entire film (because this isn’t a film for everyone or for every Tarantino fan), but those who eventually dissolve into the story will have a pretty good time. Despite being a little draggy and completely different to the director’s movies in the past, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is still incredibly entertaining, scenes on Hollywood sets are love-letters to aspiring filmmakers, the characters are enjoyable to watch, and there’s lots of jokes peppered throughout the runtime. Quentin Tarantino has once again created a beautifully shot film with shocking violence and brilliant twists.

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