- Origin: 0/25
- Story: 1/25
- Camera/SFX: 17/25
- Performance: 18/25
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.
- Rated: R (Adult language, drug use and violence)
- Genre: Comedy and Drama
- Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
- Written by: Quentin Tarantino
- Release date: 26th July, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 159 minutes
- Studio: Columbia Pictures
|Leonardo DiCaprio||Rick Dalton|
|Brad Pitt||Cliff Booth|
|Margot Robbie||Sharon Tate|
|Emile Hirsch||Jay Sebring|
Warning! Before you read there are adult topics talk about in this review. If you are sensitive to even a gust of wind blowing then this review is not for you.
Lets start by saying that Quentin Tarantino has just ignored the true story of the Charles Manson murder, instead of the murderers entering Rick Daltons house and getting beaten up, they enter the house of Sharon Tate and murder everyone in the house. It was a tragic ordeal that Quentin seems to make lighthearted of. Instead of making the film about anything important he seems to indulge himself in his own fantasy. It was a good choice of era to do, but it wasn’t executed properly and it left me wondering why I watched it. The fact that its a Quentin Tarantino film doesn’t make it good.
What on earth was that? Firstly, this story had many branching character stories that made no sense why they were there. I spent most of the film wondering where it was going to then be shocked right at the end and then question what the point in the whole film was. It like the character Rick Dalton didn’t have enough substance to make a whole film so they just flung a bit of the Charles Manson murder case in there. Sharon Tate (Played by Margot Robbie) didn’t even get enough screen time for it to be even plausible to have Charles Manson murders in it.
Obviously with a big budget this film would have all the best cameras and technology to make it look great. The neon lights and other 60s/70s inspired themes run through this film and make it clear that this is Hollywood. However, this film relied to heavily on the effects and actors to make anything good of this. Visually it looked stunning, but it couldn’t distract us from the lacklustre script. I was entertained at times, a few scenes had me chuckle or had me interested, but then it was go off on some weird adventure and it would lose me again.
I can’t fault the main actors too much, Leonardo DiCaprio was awesome as always. His character Rick Dalton was lifelike and he had a few scenes that were entertaining. Brad Pitt was good also, there were moments when I wondered why his character was in the film, but it wasn’t too bad. Margot Robbie didn’t get enough screen time to shine, especially with such a famous person as Sharon Tate. Most scenes were of her dancing or watching a film, no real character development or progression that did her any justice. Some of the actors who played the ‘Hippies’ were terrible, these people were killers and they just seemed like your average primary school children. The rest of the cast were shadows compared to the main 3, they were pointless.