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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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It lacks heart, coherence and although visually beautiful it's still watered down compared to its predecessor. The actors can't seem to find their places either, like they are stuck in this story and have to sort of muddle it out the best that they can to honor their contract. It even goes trite. Very disappointing
I was really hoping that the little mention of not being able to guess the ending of her book would be a foreshadow, but it really wasn't. I wonder how many endings were worked through before it was decided to stick with the typical genre framework and ending. As mentioned in other reviews having the lead portrayed as deaf pays off in spades when it comes to building tension, and small touches like that make it work. If those touches weren't there this would have been a complete flop...although admittedly I was hoping for a bit more after the strong first half.
Admittedly the book is pretty hard to put into film, however this film strips all of the beautiful and intimate complexity that made the book good. It's an embarrassment to Anne Rice that it has to be associated with her work.
To really appreciate this movie you have to already be familiar with Basile's tales, and I'm not. It's beautifully done and the stories intertwine well but I couldn't fully appreciate what I was watching. I might eventually read the original works and then watch it again.
This movie is exactly what you expect it to be. The Critics Consensus is pretty dead on when describing it as being like a sitcom- that's exactly what I was trying to put my finger on. It has a lot of charm and my daughter loves it, but it's definitely living in its own reality.