Flash Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS SUGGESTING SOME new concept to me, but I knew better. I was sure if I had been in the room before her she would have turned around and walked out after seeing me. She had done it before. I never said a word to anyone, but I felt she was rejecting me because to her I was old. When I walked into the classroom I saw some familiar faces who were participants in my yoga class; but then, I saw this one member was already seated on the floor on her yoga mat. I announced I was subbing for their instructor. This woman said nothing until after I went over what we would be doing in class that day. As I started to sit on the floor to begin our warmup poses, the woman asked if I could shut the lights off because the other instructor does it. This other instructor, by the way, was much younger than me; she only recently started teaching yoga. And in her class, she would shut the lights off, turn on a couple of battery-operated votive candles and play chimes periodically. When I told her, I would do it towards the end after observing how everyone was moving in class, she made one of those sounds associated with disgust, picked up her mat and walked out.      TECHNICALLY, THIS MEMBER NEVER SAW ME teach class; she had to be rejecting me based on my appearance, it seemed to me. Though I can understand someone having reservations about trying a different instructor, I would not use appearance as a reason to reject a person. I have taught with other instructors who do not stereotypically look like a fitness person. They were not buff and had extra weight on their body; however, they taught a tough class. From my years of teaching fitness, I can put people into two separate groups: those that work out to look good and those who work out to feel good. Some members are predominately focused on their appearance; they are not interested in understanding how exercise is to be used for one’s quality of life. They think the more they sweat the better they will be and that is rarely the case. This group of people would be more likely to reject me simply because I have gray hair. I guess it goes with the territory, where people get judged either all or partially on their looks. Some lines of work can be tougher than others; that is why I understood what the main character was going through in this comedic drama.      DURING THE LATE 60’S, HOLLYWOOD WAS going through changes: changes that would have a deep affect on actor Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby, Titanic) and his stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt (Fury, Mr. & Mrs. Smith). It did not help that a new, young actress was living next door. With Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Legend of Tarzan) as Sharon Tate, Austin Butler (The Dead Don’t Die, The Carrie Diaries-TV) as Tex and Al Pacino (Danny Collins, Dick Tracy) as Marvin Schwarzs; this film took a while to kick in for me. Clocking in at 2 hours and 39 minutes, there was nothing one could say negative about the acting. Leonardo, Brad and Margot were wonderful through the entire story. I enjoyed seeing the movie making scenes as they were only one aspect of the story. The script had a couple of main stories that slowly blended in together. With multiple cameo roles and a great soundtrack; I loved watching this film and felt time went by quickly once I got into the story. There were a couple of violent bloody scenes and there was a quick extra scene during the credits.

 

3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 29, 2019, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Good to hear. We wanted to see it this weekend but ended up watching Stuber instead which we enjoyed, even when it went over the top. Our theaters are reserve seating, so unless, which I wasn’t, willing to sit in the first two rows, opted to wait for better seats.

  2. Nice to read a positive review! I look forward to seeing this movie!

  3. I’m with you, it took awhile for it to kick in for me too. At first, I even thought I might be disappointed, but I wasn’t and of course the ending was unexpected. There was a lot more implied in this film than many may have picked up on. It was painful watching the introspection of a fading star. Sadly, this is how it was more so for women performers and far sooner than it ever was for men. Look at Brad Pitt and Kurt Russell vs their counterparts. It’s a tough business to be in. Also, Read the story of James Gardner and the backstory of stunt performers and child stars.

    • Thank you for your take on the film. I agree women had it so much harder and still do. I loved the arc of the fading star story.

      • Yes, I did too and it still holds true. Some can morph themselves into still working and others not so much, I mean look at Bruce Dern? It’s relevancy was glaring. Take, Kurt Russell. He’s still working, though he’s pretty much doing the secondary pieces DiCaprio’s character was said to be going and Di Caprio’s character making the most of it in the end. There was a lot in going on in this piece. And… funny how days later, I’m still digesting much of it. It will be interesting too, seeing where our two leads will be in 20 years.

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