The first reactions to Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood have arrived! This is the ninth movie from Tarantino and, if we're to take him at his word, it could be his second to last. So it's no small thing. The movie recently held its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was one of the most highly-anticipated titles playing at the prestigious festival. So how did it go over?
According to the first wave of early reactions, swimmingly. The vast majority of those who have posted reactions to the movie on social media are praising the filmmaker's love letter to old school Hollywood. Apparently, Quentin Tarantino and the cast were given a standing ovation between six and seven minutes long, which says a lot. The National Post's Chris Knight had this to say about it on Twitter.
"I laughed. I gasped. I wondered: What would Roman Polanski think? I begrudgingly agreed not to tweet out spoilers. Tarantino delivers an ode to Hollywood's lost innocence, while cheekily suggesting it never had any to begin with."
Quentin Tarantino penned an open letter ahead of the premiere asking that those reviewing the movie not discuss anything that could spoil the movie for audiences who will have to wait and see the movie this summer. So far, it seems like those sharing their reactions are choosing to honor that. Deadline's Joe Utichi, in his Twitter reaction, praised this as the movie Tarantino was born to make.
"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."
Virtually all of the reactions make a point to praise the performances. The 1969 set period drama, in part, deals with Charles Manson and his most famous victim, actress Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie. Her performance was singled out quite a bit. The duel leading men, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, are also receiving a great deal of praise. They lead the way as a washed-up actor and his best friend/stunt man. The Playlist's Jordan Ruimy is one of few that approached negativity in his reaction, having this to say.
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: QT's latest has some of the best sequences of his career, but also some of the draggiest. A scrambling, ambitious, maddening, beautiful film. Brad Pitt steals the show. DiCaprio, as always, fantastic."
It sounds like a few draggy sequences may be a small price to pay for what this movie has to offer. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set to arrive in theaters on July 26 from Sony Pictures. Be sure to check out the reactions from Twitter that we've collected below.
I laughed. I gasped. I wondered: What would Roman Polanski think? I begrudgingly agreed not to tweet out spoilers. Tarantino delivers an ode to Hollywood's lost innocence, while cheekily suggesting it never had any to begin with. #OnceUponATimeinHollywood#Cannes2019pic.twitter.com/DBgriD2Ihb— Chris Knight (@ChrisKnightfilm) 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: QT's latest has some of the best sequences of his career, but also some of the draggiest. A scrambling, ambitious, maddening, beautiful film. Brad Pitt steals the show. DiCaprio, as always, fantastic. #Cannes2019— Jordan Ruimy @ Cannes (@mrRuimy) 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 @ Cannes (@mrRuimy) May 21, 2019
Tarantino’s onceUpon A time In Hollywood Is justendind. A terrific and entertaining and highly satisfying film. Unexpected in one way but absolutely right on. Pitt and DiCaprio are great!— Pete Hammond (@DeadlinePete) May 21, 2019
Once upon a time In Hollywood is a true love letter to LOS angeles of the 60’s. QT just thanked the audience and studio. “See you on the Crroisette” he said .— Pete Hammond (@DeadlinePete) 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 - Cannes - Playlist 🎬 (@TheGregoryE) May 21, 2019
As expected, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Tarantino referencing other films and TV and old Hollywood and good times in the 60s. Digging into his past and showing us, through perfectly crafted cinema, his feelings about moviemaking and artists and the Manson murders and more.— Alex Billington @ Cannes (@firstshowing) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Quentin Tarantino finally made a film about "real people," in every sense of the phrase. liked it as a wounded portrait of middle-age reflected against the end of the movies' *golden* age (Leo/Pitt are obv great). but it's SO scattered & SO stolid.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 21, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: the end of an era. Review to come.— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) May 21, 2019
Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant exploitation black-comedy Once Upon A Time In Hollywood finds a pulp-fictionally redemptive take on the Manson nightmare: shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot in the celluloid-primary colours of sky blue and sunset gold. Review later #Cannes2019— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) May 21, 2019
I wouldn’t change a single second of Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood. It did not disappoint. #Cannes2019— Damon Wise (@yo_damo) May 21, 2019
#OnceUponATimeInHollywood is a mesmerizing mix of Jackie Brown- and Inglourious Basterds-Tarantino. QT is at his least flashiest and most emotional, yet at the same time having a ball toying around with Hollywood cinema, locations and history. #vertigocannes#cannes2019— Steven Tuffin (@Waanzinema) 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— Luke Hicks @ Cannes (@lou_kicks) 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 - at #Cannes2019 (@filmfest_ca) May 21, 2019
I reeeeally liked ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD #Cannes2019— Emma Stefansky (@stefabsky) May 21, 2019
Tarantino’s gorgeous Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lovingly recreates a showbiz period that is long past, of cowboys, manly men and crazy hippies. DiCaprio and Pitt are funny and brilliant, as is Margot Robbie as sweet Sharon Tate. It’s an elegy. #Cannes19pic.twitter.com/Ml7GmyUqMM— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) May 21, 2019