First Once Upon a Time in Hollywood reactions praise Tarantino’s 9th feature
After asking audiences to remain silent on any potential spoilers, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has premiered at Cannes and the early reactions are calling it one of the most passionate projects from the legendary director and his most tender film yet.
The massive ensemble cast for the film includes Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed), Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Michael Madsen (Sin City), Tim Roth (Selma), Damian Lewis (Billions), Luke Perry (The Fifth Element), Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer), Lena Dunham (Girls), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Clifton Collins (Pacific Rim), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight), Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music), James Marsden (Westworld), Julia Butters (Transparent), James Remar (48 Hours), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), Kurt Russell (Furious 7), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Al Pacino (Scarface).
Veteran actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit) was originally supposed to play the role of George Spahn. However last September, Reynolds passed away before he could film his part for the movie. His longtime friend and fellow veteran actor Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) signed on to take over his role.
Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood focuses on a male TV actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick Cliff Booth (Pitt) — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick’s neighbor in the film, portrayed by Robbie) and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story. The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer.
Sony Pictures will release the film on August 9, and it is set to make its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week.