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Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.
Blending fiction with real-life events, the darkly funny period piece captures the flavor of a changing America in 1969.
4 stars (out of four)
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
Quentin Tarantino’s deeply personal, ’60s-cool, darkly funny, trippy, bold and sensational “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is filled with pitch-perfect vignettes such as that moment at the intersection — moments perfectly capturing the vast chasm in the country and in the world of American pop culture in 1969.
In certain elements of tone and structure, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” has echoes of “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown,” but it is alive and electric with a beat all its own. This is a brilliant and sometimes outrageously fantastic mash-up of real-life events and characters with pure fiction. Tarantino, who was 6 years old in 1969, has created a stylized, at times idealistic, sometimes insanely inspired memory piece — a love letter to the movies from a director famously obsessed with movies. It’s also a fractured fairy tale. (After all, it IS called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”) And it is absolutely dripping with pop-culture touchstones and a flood of references to other movies, on a level both exhilarating and borderline overwhelming. “Once Upon a Time …” also tells the familiar Hollywood tale of rising stars and fading stars in a changing industry. Shot on Kodak 35mm film by the great cinematographer Robert Richardson, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” pops with stunning visuals, including some beautiful, sweeping, overhead shots giving us a big-picture perspective on certain events. DiCaprio strikes just the right seriocomic notes as Rick, who is more than a little narcissistic and kind of an idiot but earns our sympathy because he wears his heart on his sleeve and he truly cares about his friend Cliff. And then there’s Mr. Pitt. Who kills it. Pitt turns in one of the most memorable performances of his career as the badass and fearless, albeit deeply flawed, antihero Cliff. In a movie filled with sparkling acting, Pitt dominates. It’s one of the best performances of the year in one of the best movies of the year.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading