By all accounts, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” was met with a distinctive shrug by the Cannes jury, as the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu-led crew gave the film zero awards during the closing night ceremony. However, American critics seem to really like the movie, judging by its 88 Metascore and a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. And yet, all people seemed to be wanting to talk about, which I refused to cover given how much I loved the film and didn’t want this overshadowing it, was the now-infamous press conference, where Tarantino got visibly upset when someone asked about the film’s “violence against women” and Margot Robbie’s lack of screentime (QT’s now infamous reply “I reject your hypothesis!”).
More importantly, Tarantino has hinted that he may re-edit the film by adding more scenes and extending the run-time to almost two-hours-and-forty-five-minutes. And today, when asked about these possible re-edits, the head of Sony’s film division, Tom Rothman blatantly stated“You’d have to ask the maestro himself,” Rothman said (via THR). Tarantino’s film is supposed to be released on July 26th.
It's been more than two weeks since I saw Tarantino's joyously playful new movie. I've thought about it quite a bit. First of all, the movie is practically plotless, but it works out quite beautifully, safe for a few unnecessary scenes. Brad Pitt completely owns this movie. He is the master of cool and such a joy to behold in every scene he's in. Dicaprio delivers his usual strong performance, but what Pitt does here is tremendous. Also, the sheer amount of foot close-ups must be a new record for Tarantino.