Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) Trailer Review: New Tarantino

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) Trailer Review: New Tarantino, Old Mojo

Movie Name
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino
Comedy, Drama
00 hours 02 minutes

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review

Sony Pictures Entertainment finally raised the curtains on Quentin Tarantino's penultimate film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on Wednesday in the first teaser trailer of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The official logline says: "Quentin Tarantino's ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age."

Rick Dalton is an actor who starred in the Western television series Bounty Law from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies has not worked out and in 1969, he is struggling, doing guest roles on other people's programs while contemplating moving to Italy, which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns. He is a neighbor of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski (played by Rafał Zawierucha). Since they plan to enter Hollywood, it will clash with Tate's murder at the hands of the Manson family cult. Al Pacino plays Marvin Shwarz, Rick Dalton's agent.

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate plays a pregnant actress married to director Roman Polanski. Tate was murdered in her home by followers of Charles Manson. Robbie did not consult with Roman Polanski in preparation for the role, but read his 1985 autobiography Roman by Polanski
The trailer suggests a lighthearted tone of the movie that is unlike anything that we have seen from Quentin Tarantino thus far. In a newsreel video where Brad Pitt answers to the question about the role of a stunt double. "Carryin' his load?" He says dryly. "Yeah, that's about right." Even the lunatic killer played by Damon Herriman is seen smiling. However, it is to be expected as Tarantino is famous for surprising everyone. Costume designer Arianne Phillips has given the film a subtle vintage look which seems more authentic and avoids over the top clichés.

"I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles county most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old," Tarantino said of the film. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore."

The director shot the film on original locations like Hollywood Boulevard and the Cinerama Dome and designed them to emulate the way they were in 1969. Interestingly, this is the first film from Tarantino that Harvey Weinstein isn't producing. Sony Pictures agreed to Tarantino's demands including final cut privilege which won them the distribution rights. Along with Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie, the film stars Tarantino regulars such as Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen. Other actors featuring are Bruce Dern, Damian Lewis, Mike Moh, Emile Hirsch, Lena Dunham and Dakota Fanning. With the backing of Sony, the film was produced on an estimated budget of $95 million which is his first film release from a major studio.

It will soon be 25 years since Pulp Fiction premiered at the Cannes film festival (21 May 1994) where it won the Palme d'Or. It is likely that Tarantino's latest film may see its first screening on the same day. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an American and British venture, produced by Columbia Pictures, Heyday Films and Bona Film Group. The film will hit the theaters on July 26, 2019.

Watch the teaser trailer below.


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  • Background Music
  • Star Cast

The Verdict

Set in Los Angeles, the film tells the story of a faded television actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth as they strive for success in the film industry during the winter of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 LA. The teaser trailer does not reveal much but it is long enough to conclude that Quentin Tarantino will sign off, if he does end his career on 10th film, on a very high note. The Hateful Eight was weaker than the two films that preceded: “Bastards” and “Django”, but with “Hollywood” it certainly seems, by the looks of it, that Tarantino is riding the new territory (for him) with the same old swagger.


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