Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Amelia Jáuregui, Staff Reporter

The fate of horrific events in the Tate Murders was altered in Hollywood’s newest blockbuster, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

In his ninth feature film, director Quentin Tarantino comes back to the big screen to show off the life that could have been for the Hollywood actors of the late 60’s. 

With stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, we follow the lives of famous western actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth. These two fictional individuals represent typical Hollywood actors who “have it all,” which later comes into play as we are introduced to the hippies in California. Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie, is another famous Hollywood actress, who truly does represent a real life character.

Through character development of these three main actors, we learn more about how they live their everyday life and later understand how their relationships intertwine. As we learn more about them, we also learn more about the “hippies” who find the lavish lifestyle of Hollywood stars ridiculous, and we start to understand the tension between the two types of people.

This then leads to the shocking ending of the movie, which exhibits Tarantino’s signature of violence within movies as we see the final battle of “Hippies vs. Hollywood”. 

This two hour and forty minute movie was highly anticipated and well received by movie critics but not as liked by regular movie goers. 

Due to it’s non-traditional cinematic techniques and the story being told in an order that’s not chronological, it’s likely that people didn’t understand the style Tarantino was trying to portray on screen.

This movie received an 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes through the Tomatometer and a 70 percent through the audience score, an 8.1 out of 10 on IMDb, and an 83 percent on Metacritic. Thankfully for it’s successful box office of 239.8 million dollars, the whopping 90 million dollar budget for the movie was more than doubled in profit. 

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood showed the end to Hollywood’s golden age with the falling off of famous actors, the struggles of living in Los Angeles, and the hatred between the famous and free spirited, and shocked people with its violent, alternate reality of an unfortunate true story.