Tuesday 25 June 2019

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

Leonardo DiCaprio (right) and Brad Pitt posed on the red carpet as audiences got their first look at Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Leonardo DiCaprio (right) and Brad Pitt posed on the red carpet as audiences got their first look at Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt led a star-studded cast at the Cannes premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Actress Margot Robbie turned heads at the Cannes film festival as she arrived on the red carpet for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Dakota Fanning wore a white gown for the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood premiere in France (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Director Quentin Tarantino and his wife Daniela Pick shared an intimate moment on the carpet at the premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Di Caprio previously shared a snap of him in costume with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Brad Pitt
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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.

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Director Quentin Tarantino and his wife Daniela Pick shared an intimate moment on the carpet at the premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

“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.

Read more: How the Manson murders killed off old Hollywood

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.

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Actress Margot Robbie turned heads at the Cannes film festival as she arrived on the red carpet for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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".

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Dakota Fanning wore a white gown for the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood premiere in France (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood releases in the UK and Ireland on August 15.

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