Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell
I had to a separate review with spoilers because I wanted to comment a bit more on the film, so read the last part only if you have seen the movie, there is a spoiler free review in my page also.
It has been called Tarantino’s love letter to the movie industry of the 60’s as it was coming to an end. I have seen documentaries about the movie studios and how they made pictures at that time and it was really something different. A lot of things have said to change after that fateful day of August 9th 1969, when that horrible crime happened. I was looking forward to this film mainly because it had two of my favorite actors in Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino, but also the story and how it all would tie in with Sharon Tate interested me. I knew it would be unique because of Tarantino’s style of making movies.
The story follows Rick Dalton, an aging actor struggling to keep his career going and Cliff Booth who is his stunt double and close friend. They are both trying to stay in the movie industry, specially Dalton. Booth works more now as an assistant to Dalton as he works on television pilots for westerns.
The movie really captured what I think or know about those times of the hippies and the movie industry still clinging to the way it was but at the same time moving forward. The story was very interesting and I liked how they included films within the films in a way paying tribute to films of that era. And a lot of pop culture was present in the film, from the music, to Playboy Mansion parties to the hippies and the drug scene. The Sharon Tate part of the movie I think was handled very well, I think this payed tribute to her rather than sensationalize what happened to her. The scene where Sharon goes to watch herself in the movie theater was really nice to see the real Sharon Tate in the movie as Margot playing Sharon was seeing the movie. The music they used fitted perfectly in the movie and it was really cool as you saw scenes and try to recognize musicians or actors like Mama Cass and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. I knew going in that the movie was long but it did not feel like it because I was really enjoying what I was seeing.
The performances, a lot of great cameos, great actors kept popping up for short scenes but they were all great. Starting with who I think is the best actor of these times, Leonardo DiCaprio once again delivers an amazing performance as Dalton. Brad Pitt was also great and I think he deserves a Best Supporting actor nomination and possibly win, he was really at his best for this movie. It was a complete joy to see Al Pacino in a relevant movie again. He is truly one of the best actors ever and deserves good roles and with this film he got one. Margot Robbie, I believe did a good job at representing the innocence and charisma of Sharon Tate, through pictures that I have seen of Sharon, Margot really looked like her and dressed like her. The Bruce Lee scenes, I did not find it offensive, the story is not 100 % accurate compared to the real events, I think the actor really nailed Bruce Lee.
This was the part of the movie that I had fears as to how it would be presented. The Manson crime itself was horrible. While I don’t mind a movie well done about the subject, I was afraid that the crime was going to be shown, I did not want to see that, it would be too hard to see a pregnant Sharon get killed along with with the others equally important lives that were cut short by these stupid people. But they are not glorified in the film, they are shown as they were, crazy drug-oriented and blind kids following an evil man. I have to say I liked the twist and the way Tarantino decided to end the film. It was as if we could have a wish come true and have these two (Booth and Dalton) stop the Manson followers the way they did. It was a bittersweet ending but it was a better way to end the film that ending it with what actually happened. It might be confidential for some, but at least I found it better than the alternative. The Bruce Lee scenes I did not find them offensive, I did not see arrogance I saw the self-confidence that I believe Lee had, maybe what bothers people is the fact that Booth defeated him, but it is a movie and nowhere says it is a true story, it is based on true events and Tarantino added a completely original story around it.