This movie doesn’t show things the way they really happened in our mundane world. It shows them the way I wish they had happened. And I’m betting you will too. If only there’d been a boozy actor named Rick Dalton living next door to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski in 1969. How different things would have been. But HELTER SKELTER already exists to tell the real story. Tarantino’s movie, as the title suggests, is a fairy tale.
Is it a Horror movie, though? You could convincingly say that it is not—up until the finale. Then it earns that designation. There’s even a clip of a late night Horror movie host featured in the film to reassure us Horror marks that our patience will be rewarded. Not that the movie isn’t good enough to succeed as merely a gritty drama, but this site *is* called werewolves.com after all. I can’t just plug a movie because I liked it, if it doesn’t have any Horror chops.
How does ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD rank amongst Tarantino’s oeuvre? As good as any and better than some. ‘Nuff said? I loved it, beginning to end. As did the sizable matinee audience at the theater with whom I viewed it. The finale left them whooping and cheering. Go see this one.