FC @ Cannes 2019 – Quentin Tarantino’s pleasurable ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ catches the filmmaker in a mellow mood

Posted on May 22, 2019


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What is a “mellow” Tarantino? For one, the swearing isn’t creatively colourful. There’s no nudity…

On the evidence of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — a studio-backlot story set in 1969 — Quentin Tarantino is mellowing nicely. We’ve already had an “uncharacteristic” film in Hateful Eight, which was long and slow-burn and not exactly an adrenaline shot to the heart. It pissed off a lot of devotees who had signed on for “a Quentin Tarantino movie”. OUATIH, I suspect, will piss off even more people. But a change of course — more like a gentle swerve, really — is the surest sign that a filmmaker is charting out new directions. This is a solid film. A good film. Unlike Hateful Eight, it even has the pop-culture nods we expect, from the highbrow (Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet) to the other end of the brow spectrum (Gordon Douglas’s Lady in Cement) — both showcased during a single car ride with pop hits blasting from the radio. Is it a great film? I’ll let Time answer that question.

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