Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Tarantino’s exploration of late middle-age was too nostalgia (no longer a politically impotent emotion) laden for my liking. Transitional eras (TV to movies now back toward TV), the importance of the people-behind-the-scenes, and another excercise in counterfactual history were all themes I could get behind. But they don’t come together into a compelling story. Film nostalgia is part of all of Tarantino’s films but none of his other films are solely about film nostalgia.

There are great scenes and sequences, especially the finale, but overall the film was not much more than a hangout film. Tarantino is a talented film maker but this one just didn’t have enough of a raison d’etre to hang together for me.