WARNING: This review of Quentin Tarantino’s new film contains NO major plot spoilers.
It’s been hours since leaving the theater and I still feel a warm, heady buzz from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.’
There is so much about the nearly-three hour film that people who love Tarantino films will enjoy—from the acting to the multiple story lines to the climatic ending.
However, for those of us who were alive in Southern California in the late 1960s, the film is a pure joy.
In fact, although younger people will enjoy the kaleidoscope-like aspects of the movie, those that will appreciate it the most will be those who have some knowledge of the ‘Summer of 69.’
For most younger people, although they may vaguely know the name of Charlie Manson, they will not likely know the names of Susan Atkins, Abigail Folger, Squeaky Fromme, Wojciech Frykowski, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkle, Steven Parent, Roman Polanski Sharon Tate, Tex Watson or places like Cielo Drive, Chatsworth, and the Spahn Ranch.
Note: If all of those names and places are unfamiliar to you, you’ll still enjoy the movie, but spending an hour or two learning some history from 50 years ago will help you enjoy Once Upon a Time In Hollywood even more.
One of the most enjoyable things about Tarantino’s film—aside from the brilliant acting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie—was Tarantino’s attention to detail.
For car aficionados, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s picture car coordinator Steven Butcher used over 2,000 classic, vintage cars for the movie, according to The Wrap.
For one, the 1966 Cadillac DeVille driven by Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the film already has a rich Hollywood history. That’s because the DeVille is the same one seen driven by Michael Madsen in “Reservoir Dogs,” fully restored for “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.” It’s not just the same make and model either. Madsen owns the car and had it in storage, and Butcher says his team pulled it out of the garage, gave it a fresh coat of paint and upholstery and even duplicated it.
Attention to detail wasn’t just in the cars and costumes, but Tarantino paid it to even small details like a vintage Taco Bell, as well as ice cube trays.
Like a fine wine, younger people may enjoy Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but not nearly as much as people who were around 50 years ago—and especially those who were in Southern California in the Summer of 1969.