Reactions to Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood have made their way online. This summer, the Oscar-winning director is back with another offering that promises to be as wild and ambitious as anything he's done before. After taking on crime sagas, World War II, and revenge thrillers (just to name a few topics), Tarantino now turns his lens to the movie business itself. Set in 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows longtime friends Rick Dalton (a fading TV star) and Cliff Booth (Rick's loyal stunt double) as they look to navigate a changing landscape and possibly reclaim their former fame.
Given the talent on both sides of the camera (Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie headline the cast), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood entered 2019 as one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Excitement for the film only grew when it was a late in-competition selection at the Cannes Film Festival, where Tarantino won the coveted Palme d'Or for Pulp Fiction 25 years ago. And now that the film's screened, reactions are popping up on social media.
Several Cannes attendees weighed in with their thoughts on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, being careful to adhere to Tarantino's no spoilers request. You can check out some of the responses in the space below:
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD - Historically dubious, thematically brilliant, QT finds his form in film that could win Palme d'Or or be picketed by audiences, or maybe both. Thrilling, provocative, blackly comical, intensely unsettling masterwork. #cannes2019— Jason Gorber - at #Cannes2019 (@filmfest_ca) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Tarantino wasn't joking when he said this was the closest to PULP FICTION that he has come. He juggles a mosaic of characters and story-lines in this one, eventually stringing them together for a relentlessly playful and touching finale. #Cannes2019— Jordan Ruimy @ Cannes (@mrRuimy) May 21, 2019
There will be many, many hot takes to come on the new Tarantino but I don’t mind letting mine cool off on the counter a little longer. I know it’s more relaxed than I was expecting, and that DiCaprio is terrific, funny and poignant. The rest, I’m gonna mull over. #Cannes2019— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 21, 2019
Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant exploitation black-comedy Once Upon A Time In Hollywood finds a pulp-fictionally redemptive take on the Manson nightmare: shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot in the celluloid-primary colours of sky blue and sunset gold. Review later #Cannes2019— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) May 21, 2019
I laughed. I gasped. I wondered: What would Roman Polanski think? I begrudgingly agreed not to tweet out spoilers. Tarantino delivers an ode to Hollywood's lost innocence, while cheekily suggesting it never had any to begin with. #OnceUponATimeinHollywood #Cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/DBgriD2Ihb— Chris Knight (@ChrisKnightfilm) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is wonderful. it’s like tarantino is just dreamily reminiscing for our benefit. feels innocent somehow—lovely, pure, hilarious. witnessing robbie, dicaprio, & pitt pristinely embody 60s LA is enough to make it great. and👏🏼that👏🏼payoff👏🏼 #Cannes2019— Luke Hicks @ Cannes (@lou_kicks) May 21, 2019
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood is so gloriously, wickedly indulgent, compelling and hilarious. The film QT was born to make. The world is a more colourful place in Quentin Tarantino’s twilight zone. Round two, please. #Cannes2019— Joe Utichi (@joeutichi) May 21, 2019
For anyone who's been following Tarantino's career for a while, these mini reviews shouldn't come as a surprise. The director has always been a bold and unique creative voice, and it sounds like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood delivers plenty of what viewers have come to expect from Tarantino's work. Many people seemed to enjoy what they saw, praising Tarantino for his thoughtful examination of the film industry, paying homage to a bygone era in his trademark fashion. Without getting into too much detail, some journalists implied elements of the film would be divisive (which, it should be said, is nothing new for Tarantino), so it'll be interesting to see how it plays for a general audience come July. In particular, the tease about a huge payoff is very tantalizing.
Interestingly enough, there's a growing consensus Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also serves as Tarantino's most emotional and charming movie. The director's always been highly entertaining, but usually isn't synonymous with Spielbergian warm and fuzzy feelings. The latest trailer hinted at a sweet dynamic between DiCaprio and Pitt, so perhaps their bromance has a touching angle to it that'll connect with audiences. All in all, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is poised to be an energetic blast bolstered by great performances (Pitt sounds like the MVP), outstanding production design, and more of Tarantino's catchy dialogue.
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- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) release date: Jul 26, 2019