A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
This slow-burn film that sometimes sizzles due to its meandering story-telling technique, overpowered by its style and art rather than its substance, is filled with nostalgia and humor as it reinvents history. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are pure magic on-screen together, each scene making you crave another, and while it takes much too long to blend the three seemingly separate story-lines together, it does eventually happen, although not in the way you were expecting. There’s plenty of social awareness in the film, from actors’ insecurities and those who hold the camera wielding all the power to the influence of art on reality and vice-versa. With an inconsistent final overture, QT style, it’s a mixed bag of love and disdain for his 9th film. (Should I start counting the films I’ve watched and written about?) 3/4 Stars To read my full review as published in the Friday, July 26th edition of The Daily Journal, go to https://www.daily-journal.com/life/entertainment/movies-july/article_48d1e67c-aa38-11e9-94c7-f3c645800278.html
Without question, this is a finely crafted, well-written film as most of Quentin Tarantino’s work is. His attention to detail both in the script and in terms of production values is astounding as the movie proves to be a deeply immersive experience, dropping the viewer into 1969 Hollywood in a way few movies can. Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt as two sides of the same coin – insecure actor, stuntman stand-in respectively – are brilliant and do some of the best work of their careers. However, the character of Sharon Tate barely registers, as she’s seen as a symbol of purity in a corrupt city and little more. Margot Robie does what she can but she’s facing an uphill battle here. The final 20 days ruins the entire film as Tarantino falls back on his penchant for gratuitous violence while his revisionist take on the historical events the movie is built around is irresponsible and insulting. To read my full review, go to https://illinoistimes.com/article-21443-tarantino-can%25E2%2580%2599t-get-out-of-his-own-way-with-hollywood.html