A frequent criticism lobbed at the works of Quentin Tarantino is that, at the end of his day, his films can end up feeling rather similar. And there’s a kernel of truth to that conclusion: the man certainly has a style, especially when it comes to his heightened dialogue — you always know when you are watching a Tarantino movie or, at worse, a movie trying to be a Tarantino movie. But the shocking thing to me about Tarantino’s work, in retrospect, is how widely different it all is, especially in recent years. A little over fifteen years ago he made Kill Bill, a stylized revenge auctioneer in two parts. Ten years ago, he made Inglorious Bastards, a WWII set movie about the power of film and propaganda. A few years later he released Django Unchained, a stylized action film sure, but this time with a spaghetti western bent. And though his latest, The Hateful Eight, was also a western, its Agatha Christie-by-way-of-Stagecoach bent
No, when Tarantino first started to break out in the
Of course, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood isn’t 1-to-1 with Tarantino’s previous work: it’s set in the
As much as it can, of course, in the one and a half minutes of footage that are presented in the trailer. Most of it really is just pretty shots of 60’s era LA, spliced with some footage of the amazing cast that Tarantino managed to put together for the film. The footage is so short that one could not pull much of any substance from it, let alone any hasty and needlessly confrontational hot takes! Nope, the internet always gets movies the benefit of the doubt, so I doubt they drummed up any pre-release controversy for the film in *checks watch* the past 12 hours or so! What this trailer does instead
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio already look like a hell of a lot of fun together in just that little interview clip at the beginning, and though we don’t see a bunch of her, it’s hard to deny that Margot Robbie isn’t perfect casting for Sharon Tate. The trailer seems to center more on the comedy aspect of the film than anything else, which is a-okay in my book: comedy is one of Tarantino’s strong suits, and I would be perfectly fine if the film itself leans into that throughout. That being said, in tackling the Manson crimes, Tarantino is going to have to juggle a pretty flimsy line tone wise. It’s still unclear how exactly that whole situation will even key into the Pitt/DiCaprio actor’s
This film is going to be a DELIGHT.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (seriously, no elipsis, fuck that, I’m taking a goddamn stand) opens in theaters July 26.