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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

02 August, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

THE hype machine’s throttle has been opened and the red carpet unrolled: Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, is out in a couple of weeks.

On Monday, critics and plus-ones were invited to the Odeon Leicester Square for a preview, and the following day it was black-tie time as the cast and director sashayed into the West End.

For all his bravado, it must be a nervous time for Tarantino – this is his first release since the allegations around his supportive producer, disgraced film fixer Harvey Weinstein, came out. Is the film any good?

We’ll be running our full review in a couple of weeks when the film is on general release.

Suffice to say, as the years have gone by from his astonishing debut Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino has worked hard to shock through his imaginative use of on-screen violence.

It has reached the point where it feels like a badge of honour, a calling card.

Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds are recent examples where he has resorted to unpleasant scenes of hide-your-eyes gore, while going back a little further the same applies to Kill Bill (and his worst film, From Dusk Till Dawn, which he wrote rather than directed).

His strong points – conversational dialogue, sound tracks and style – come in spades in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

The film looks and sounds terrific, but then: bam, he can’t help himself. He throws in horrendous comic-book violence.

And it simply no longer feels shocking, just a bit immature.

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