Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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This movie sprawls out like an episode of family guy; just a series of oh-so-kooky conversations or hit-or-miss set pieces only tangentially related to the plot that go on for far too long. The dialogue suffers from the same problems that other lesser Coen brothers' films have suffered from, especially their big misstep in Intolerable Cruelty where they seemed to think an annoying quirk can make dialogue snappy and charming if they just repeated it over and over. Some of the set pieces are impressive, like the synchronized swimming, but others, like Channing Tatum's tap dancing scene, are so unrelated to anything that they quickly become tedious. This movie is a love letter to an era of cinema that does have a lot to be celebrated about it, but none of that is really seen here.
Rather than having characters, the film is more like a series of cameos that never really pan out into anything interesting, with the exception of the Jonah Hill cameo, which was quite fun. All the rest of the characters, especially the two main leads, constantly make you wish each scene would end so you can get away from this boring subplot and get back to the meat of the movie, but that's how you feel about all the scenes, and there is no meat of the movie.
I considered giving this movie a slightly higher rating. For most of the film it puttered on at a solid two and a half stars, just barely not interesting enough to hold my attention, but the ending is so confusing and anti-climactic that it dropped a full star just when it should have been delivering its most impressive moments.
A beautiful piece of storytelling. When Scorsese says that Marvel movies aren't cinema, I feel that this film is abundant in what he finds lacking from those films.