Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Review
Movie Name: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Reviewed by Mark Kermode
Robbi reviewed this very eloquently on the show last week and he made a very convincing argument for why the film is brilliant. You know I think he’she was talking about its one of the best of the year. He’s a very excited man it was brilliant listening to somebody was so excited about the film and had got so much out of it. – Enjoy Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Review of Mark Kermode –
I didn’t get that much out of it as Robbie did I think there are things about it that are great so the first thing to say is that when they were when I heard first that Tarantino was involved in an in Manson movie my heart did sink because. It’s one of my least favorite genres and actually I think one of the surprises but because of things that we can’t talk about but I think it is actually one of the least exploitive Manson films I’ve seen.
I thought that was a that was an impressive part of it. I think it is clearly made with a huge amount of passion for the era. I think it’s also fantastically ill-disciplined and. There are there’s more shoe leather in this film than I’ve seen in many more shots of people walking from one place to another. Because it feels and now Robbie was talking about this is saying that his interpretation of it was that they were living in a period.
When the time was running out but they didn’t realize that time was running out. I think that’s a very convincingly put argument. I don’t buy it for a minute but I think it’s a very good argument I don’t think that that’s the case. I think that it’s the bagginess of the storytelling it basically means that there are whole sections like Brad Pittup on the roof with. It doing that which you just should be gone.
I also think there are things like the Bruce Lee scene which I thought was unforgivable. I mean just flat-out unforgivable and anyone with any discipline would have just said that’s coming out. Although it’s a set up for a gay. I think the way it looks is gorgeous there’s never been any question that you know that you can inhale the cinema of Tarantino. I think there are certain moments in it that were very funny in certain moments in it that were actually really weirdly surprisingly moving.
But I did feel once again and you know at the risk of sounding like a stuck record that for me when what I want is precision and considering. I don’t you don’t get that from Tarantino what you get is you wander into this world and you sort of inhabit it for a very long and then about two hours in it stops and there’s a voice-over which explains a whole bunch. You just think you’ve had two hours and now there’s a voice-over explaining a whole but like what were you doing for the two hours. Again I would say that my frustration with Tarantino is because there are things because there are moments when he demonstrates how brilliant. He is that ice just expects more from him again stock record time.
I think his best film is Jackie Brown. it’s the one film in which not everybody talks like a Tarantino character. There is a young character in this who talks exactly like a Tarantino character. I kind of felt like okay that’s are back in that world again so the things that delighted and pleased me were that there are you know as I said it’s completely I don’t think it is exploitive at all. I really enjoyed the things that we can talk about and I thought that there was you know you can feel the love of cinema or in it but I thought it was fantastically ill-disciplined and indulgent. I thought there were certain just whole blocks in it that seriously somebody just would have gone that’s a DVD extra just take that out and put it in the DVD extra and take it down to you know 120 minutes.