Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earns 7 minute standing ovation at Cannes and rave reviews
Trailer for Tarantino's 9th movie was also released yesterday
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood received a seven minute standing ovation following its premiere at Cannes on Tuesday.
Quentin Tarantino's ninth film comes nine years after Inglorious Basterds and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Dakota Fanning, who all attended the premiere.
The black comedy is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year and is set in 1960s LA. The plot charts the relationship between TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) as they navigate a changing industry.
Although the film was frequently cited as being about the Manson Murders, it is not centred on those tragic events, but features multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.
However, Margot Robbie plays actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson's followers and Dakota Fanning (25) plays Lynette “Squeaky”, a member of the Manson family.
Deadline reports that Cannes boss Thierry Fremaux took time before the film to ask audience members not to reveal any spoilers.
“It’s a bit exceptional because the production and Quentin Tarantino asked me to ask you not to discuss the film,” he said. “They would greatly appreciate that you not reveal anything that would prevent audiences worldwide from experiencing what you do today.”
Also starring in the film are Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, and Margaret Qualley.
Early reviews are in following the screening and they are largely positive, with some quibbles, and the film currently holds a 91 per cent rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The Hollywood Reporter describes it as "uneven, unwieldy in its structure and not without its flat patches. But it's also a disarming and characteristically subversive love letter to its inspiration, in which Tarantino rebuilds the Dream Factory as it existed during the time of his childhood, while rewriting the traumatic episode often identified as the end of that era."
Variety's review praises the performances and describes the film as "a heady, engrossing, kaleidoscopic, spectacularly detailed nostalgic splatter collage of a film, an epic tale of backlot Hollywood in 1969.." but also references how Tarantino deals with the Manson Murders.
In this respect, reviewer Owen Gleiberman is not impressed, writing, "The way Tarantino plays with the Manson murders in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” is at once more extreme and more trivial. And frankly, for this Tarantino believer, that made it less satisfying."
The Guardian's reviewer Peter Bradshaw has awarded the film 5 stars and writes that while the provocative ending will divide opinion but adds, "any ostensible error of taste is nothing like, say, those in the much admired Inglourious Basterds".
He adds, "Quite simply, I just defy anyone with red blood in their veins not to respond to the crazy bravura of Tarantino’s film-making, not to be bounced around the auditorium at the moment-by-moment enjoyment that this movie delivers – and conversely, of course, to shudder at the horror and cruelty and its hallucinatory aftermath."
Indiewire, meanwhile, points out its lack of plot, but praises Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt's performances, while describing Margot Robbie's turn as Sharon Tate as "a subtle, mostly wordless performance".
Here are some of the reactions on social media:
#OnceUponATimeInHollywood: Quentin Tarantino wants to tell us a story about Hollywood life at the time of the Manson Family slayings of '69, and man, does he ever, going from awestruck to WTF. Brad Pitt the standout, his coolest role yet. #Cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/WgJywDPW9i— Peter Howell (@peterhowellfilm) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Tarantino wasn't joking when he said this was the closest to PULP FICTION that he has come. He juggles a mosaic of characters and story-lines in this one, eventually stringing them together for a relentlessly playful and touching finale. #Cannes2019— Jordan Ruimy (@mrRuimy) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Why is no one tweeting about Margot Robbie? She's the heart and soul of this film. Her Sharon Tate is the most humane and resonant character of the entire movie. Almost every scene she's in is heartbreaking to watch. #Cannes2019— Jordan Ruimy (@mrRuimy) May 21, 2019
Not sure if Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood will be among the main prizes (I’d like to think it will), but it’s definitely got the Palme Dog sewn up. Best hound in a competition film since Marvin in Paterson #cannes2019— Jamie Graham (@jamie_graham9) May 21, 2019
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood is so gloriously, wickedly indulgent, compelling and hilarious. The film QT was born to make. The world is a more colourful place in Quentin Tarantino’s twilight zone. Round two, please. #Cannes2019— Joe Utichi (@joeutichi) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD - Historically dubious, thematically brilliant, QT finds his form in film that could win Palme d'Or or be picketed by audiences, or maybe both. Thrilling, provocative, blackly comical, intensely unsettling masterwork. #cannes2019— Jason Gorber (@filmfest_ca) May 21, 2019
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is the sweetest and most nostalgic film of Quentin Tarantino's career. A love letter to a time gone by and a literal fairy tale. DiCaprio and Pitt are fantastic. Tons of great actors kill it in small roles. #Cannes2019— Gregory Ellwood - The Playlist 🎬 (@TheGregoryE) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is wonderful. it’s like tarantino is just dreamily reminiscing for our benefit. feels innocent somehow—lovely, pure, hilarious. witnessing robbie, dicaprio, & pitt pristinely embody 60s LA is enough to make it great. and👏🏼that👏🏼payoff👏🏼 #Cannes2019— The Babaluke (@lou_kicks) May 21, 2019
The biggest surprise of #Cannes2019 - Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood deserves to win the Palme Dog award. Seriously. 🐶🐶— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) May 21, 2019
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood releases in the UK and Ireland on August 15.