Quentin Tarantino has reached a moment in his career when he can do whatever he wants, as he pleases and with whomever he wants, and what he has decided in his ninth film is to pay homage to the world of cinema itself and the city of Los Angeles, in which he spent his childhood. As a plot anchor of the whole plot, he has used a real episode that has just turned 50, the murder of Sharon Tate and some friends in his mansion of Cielo Drive at the hands of the Family, the sect of Charles Manson. Watch it online to see how he represents this iconic era and this awful tragedy that marked cinema history.
Cinema and cinematographic references have always been a fundamental element in Tarantino's movies, but this is the first time that Tarantino turns on himself and presents such an explicit declaration of love for the seventh art (in reality, the cinema and to television) and to the city of Los Angeles.
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood is a true delight for any type of spectator, not only for the most moviegoers, but we don't think it's the best Tarantino movie and, although there are some ingredients that can make it an almost instantaneous classic , is far from some masterpieces that have also tried to identify the world of cinema, such as Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950), Singing in the rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952), La Nuit américaine (François Truffaut, 1973), Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994) or Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997), to name just a few of the most iconic.
Anyway, we do not think it was Tarantino's intention to make the great contemporary film about Hollywood, but to recreate the city of Los Angeles in its late golden age and honor a world and a profession that no longer exists in the same way. From the first moment Tarantino establishes a permanent game between fiction and reality: on the one hand, we have Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), his action double, which is fictional characters; on the other, we have Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), who is, in principle, a real character, but who, in the hands of Tarantino, ends up being a character as fictional as those from the author's imagination.
Actually, this is what makes it possible to make an interesting reading of the film: it doesn't matter what is true and what is not, because we can turn everything into reality thanks to the cinema, because the images can give it an aspect of reality, and that allows us, not only recreate the history and the city of Los Angeles in 1969, but also modify the events. If there is something we have always admired in Tarantino, it is his love and his passion for cinema, which translates into cinephilia, but also in cinematography, since you have seen everything and not just the great titles.
We do not think Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood is a masterpiece or the best Tarantino movie, but to distill so much love to the cinema, to television and, in general, to the world of entertainment and its own history, that it will remain in memory. It is a film that leaves a very good taste in the mouth, with an end that results, after a big, funny and kind, hopeful moment. Watch it online and find out for yourself. Tarantino has had a great time making this movie, he has made it happen to the actors and it has made the spectators have a good time. It is not a little, of course, and most likely Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood has become a movie classic within the cinema.