Run time: 161 mins
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature is an outrageously funny, twisted and mesmerising fairytale of pure cinema intoxication.
A tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age, it basks in the warm California sun and glowing neon signs of Los Angeles in 1969 as we follow washed-up television star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) in their struggles to revive fading careers at the close of a turbulent decade. Confronting hippie culture, a changing industry and the lingering menace of the Manson Family, Dalton and Booth’s fates collide with history as they ride a wild and treacherous road to redemption.
A master filmaker, Tarantino conjures a story that remains unbound by category, bouncing between reality and fiction, weaving between the historical and the iconic. It’s a film that plays with a love of moviemaking, and the love of individual soul. Not since Pulp Fiction have we seen him present such a complex and emotionally driven bunch of characters.
Undoubtedly his greatest achievement since the turn of the millennium, this is the proof that QT is at his best when he’s dealing with hope, heart and the hearts he wants to keep beating. (Research Chris Coetsee) Stunning. See it (again) here on The BIG screen.