One of the best films of 2019, Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is best known for capturing the essence of 1960s Hollywood. With bright, colorful, vibrant cinematography, costumes, and set design, this film transports viewers right back into the final days of Hollywood’s golden age.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Rick Dalton, a fading movie star trying to hold onto his reputation. His stunt double, Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, is also suffering from Dalton’s fading celebrity, but he has other worries when he gets involved with a murderous gang, including George Spahn and Charles Manson. Along with Dalton and Booth, Spahn and Manson are just a few of the characters based on real people. There’s also Margot Robbie’s role as Sharon Tate, which has been criticized for being so limited – not to mention, Robbie doesn’t have many lines in the film – but Tarantino argues that this is intentional.
In real life, Sharon Tate doesn’t get a happy ending at all, but in the movie, she and Roman Polanski are Rick Dalton’s neighbors. Tate is mostly seen wandering the streets of Hollywood, going about her day. Her role adds to the breezy, carefree feel of the movie. However, this is a Tarantino film, so viewers can expect the dreamy haze of summertime Los Angeles to be shattered by violence and other atrocities soon enough.