Meg Fozzard (writer and disability rights campaigner) and Fran Turauskis (On the Outside podcast, Pod Bible Digital Editor) return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Meg’s choice Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (OUATIH).
OUATIH is the 10th film by director and writer Quentin Tarantino. Set in a semi-reality of 1969 Hollywood it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, a (fictional) TV actor struggling to break into cinema, Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth Rick’s (fictional) stunt double, Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate who meets an alternative fate and a supporting cast of Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino and Kurt Russell.
There isn’t so much as a plot to OUATIH, it is more of a series of vignettes that are connected by chance and coincidence rather than agency or narrative. Dalton and Booth are composites of real Hollywood characters and through a series of chance events end up intervening in the Manson Family and prevent the death of Sharon Tate – set up over two hours and 40 minutes,
On its release, it received mixed opinions – praised for being an incredibly detailed and authentic love letter to Hollywood and the acting partnership of DiCaprio and Pitt but criticised for its gratuitous violence against women, the portrayal of Bruce Lee and its long runtime.
Flixwatcher and guests also had a mixed response which was reflected heavily in the recommendability scores giving OUATIH an overall rating of 2.88. Making it the lowest-ranked Tarantino film on Flixwatcher.
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