Preview: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
Does the name Quentin Tarantino spark your interest? How about Leonardo DiCaprio? Brad Pitt? Margot Robbie?
Tarantino’s latest project follows struggling actor Rick Dalton (played by DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (played by Pitt) during the summer of 1969, against the backdrop of the real-life Manson family cases. Predictably, this element of horror offers a lot of suspense, but in true Tarantino style even the nightmarish events that led the events of Sharon Tate (Robbie’s character) and her friends are spun in sensational Hollywood technicolour, both a presentation and a parody of Los Angeles life and the fragile façade of film glamour.
It all begins with Rick and Cliff’s friendship as they enter the downward turn of their careers. Rick gets a desperate job in Italy and even lands a minor role in ‘The Green Hornet’, during which, in a bizarre, comedic turn, he is challenged to fight Bruce Lee.
LA itself is where the action really kicks off, though, as Rick happens to live next door to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, victims of the Manson murders; Rick and Cliff become entwined in this mystery before the horrifying chaos finally unfolds. This is an outlandish and bewildering watch that will deliver comedy and fear in heaped measures, truly leaving you on the edge of your seat – even if it is just to get a closer look at that star-studded cast.
In cinemas Thursday August 15