Review: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Review: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Charles Manson is one of the most infamous names in American history. He was a cult leader who convinced his followers to enter the home of Hollywood actress Sharon Tate and murder her, her friends and her unborn child. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows two fictional characters, one of which is neighbors with Tate.

The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, Hollywood Actor and neighbor of Sharon Tate, Brad Pitt, Rick’s stunt double and friend, and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress who the movie follows. The movie goes back and forth between Rick and Cliff and their cinematic endeavors and Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski.

The movie is directed by Quinten Tarantino who is renowned for puzzling, yet extravagant movies. This movie has so many pieces to it that an audience would love and different characteristics of the movie are appealing to a variety of viewers, whether it be fans of dramas, comedies, or more.

A lot of scenes with Sharon keep audiences happy, which is disturbing for those who know about the true-crime story. On the flip side, scenes with Rick are a lot more heavy on the heart and DiCaprio portrays it beautifully. In scenes with Cliff, you are left with overwhelming suspense, as he commonly interacts with a Charles Manson follower without knowing the true evil that lies within the girl he is with. The difference in emotions makes the movie somewhat of a roller coaster.

A scene that really interested me as a viewer was the scene where Sharon goes to a movie theatre to watch herself in the movie she was in. Margot Robbie portrayed her character in this scene with simplicity and genuine happiness. It is the simple and happy moments of this character that captivate you, then make you snap out of it when you realize who she is playing.

Tarantino tackles the ending of the movie in such a crazy way, and in no way is it what you would expect. It is the scenes of chaos that makes it one of my favorite parts after watching this movie, but I wouldn’t dare to spoil what happens to you. Be warned, it is gruesome and may leave some people disturbed, and it definitely can be an ending some may not enjoy because of the way it was tackled. You will definitely either really like the ending or not be a fan and wish that Tarantino went in another direction.

On a scale of 1-5, 1 being terrible and 5 being amazing, I would give this movie a 5. It was captivating and emotional, and left you wanting more of it until the very end. A movie that is similar to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Scream. Scream has comedic aspects to it, as well as suspenseful aspects to it, with an ending that will leave you shocked, much like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.