It is a film that has been widely discussed since its early announcement back in July, 2017. Gathering some of the best actors in the industry – including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie – Quentin Tarantino’s ninth cinematic masterpiece Once Upon A Time In Hollywood made its world debut at Cannes Film Festival overnight. Serving as the first taste for critics and the public eager to get first impressions, the highly anticipated film reportedly lived up to the hype.
Garnering a six-minute standing ovation, critics are raving over the direction, with many agreeing in harmony that Tarantino has once again redeemed himself.
Loosely based on the brutal murder of Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie), the satirical film follows faded television start Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his fellow stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they look to growing fame and success amidst a changing 1969 Los Angeles.
Following the world premiere, renowned publication The Guardian bestowed an exuberant five-star rating and review:
“Quite simply, I just defy anyone with red blood in their veins not to respond to the crazy bravura of Tarantino’s film-making, not to be bounced around the auditorium at the moment-by-moment enjoyment that this movie delivers – and conversely, of course, to shudder at the horror and cruelty and its hallucinatory aftermath.”
Backing up the enthusiastic response, The Hollywood Reporter described the film and its cinematography as a “…fetishistic celebration of late ‘60s Hollywood, infused with colour and vitality…” and though it was admitted the structure did “fall flat” at times, it was a love letter to its inspiration. Similarly, Vanity Fair‘s Richard Lawson revealed that “Tarantino lets us access some of the love he so ardently wants us to feel for all his cherished arcana.”
From the expert settings, stunning costumes and all-star cast, it’d be hard to disagree.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood drops into cinemas on August 15. Tune into the latest trailer below.