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Brad and Leo as Stuntman

CONTRIBUTED: In Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” he brings an ensemble cast which includes Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and more to deliver the story of Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth as their careers come to a dramatic downfall.  

The direction Tarantino takes this movie makes it a thrilling watch. It is filled with humorous moments with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s on screen chemistry making the movie enjoyable in every sense.  

The plot is unique among many factors. The story is something that most of the viewers have probably never heard about. A film depicting the “old” Hollywood makes one question the authenticity of the realism of the time period.  

The movie is considered a comedydrama which in itself is unique. Tarantino creates a masterpiece when it comes to the mixture of these two genres, many of his other films such as “Pulp Fiction” deliver the same comedic style with suspense.  

While this film is a true story, the movie depicts it in a much more phony way. While Tarantino hasn’t really ever focused on realistic storytelling, the story is still told. It is told for the most part, while there are probably several small details that were ignored, it does not affect the brilliant storytelling and writing done by Quentin Tarantino.  

The film had a heavy budget of around $90 million dollars and one of the scenes is filmed in the real Playboy mansion for the authentic depiction of the event.  

The movie in return raked in a little over $374 million dollars which isn’t surprising with an all-star cast as well as one of the most renowned directors in the business.  

While this definitely was not Tarantino’s best work, it did not fail to entertain. The direction and cast was there, however, the story was a little weak. It lacked depth which made it a little confusing at times.  

Tarantino’s other films such as “Django Unchained” and “Inglorious Bastards” blow “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” out of the park.