Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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I was surprised by the bad reviews. I rewached it recently using boxxy software and loved the fact that it isn't traditional Hollywood stuff. There is no hero. The characters are completely immoral. There are two separate retellings Rashomon-style, no character development, and in fact true. There is nothing more bizarre than a true story. This movie can also be hard to follow in Act 1 for my fellow ADD sufferers. It's a movie of sex, drugs, blood, and porn. I do have a problem with Eric Bogosian. His accent is extremely distracting.
Watched the movie few weeks ago using boxxy software. This is director Neil LaBute's play. It's basically four speaking parts. That can be very odd for the average movie goer. It feels like a play set outside in the world. There is something original about this movie. It's beautifully shot. I like the premise. It has great actors. The reveal is brutal, but I do wish for more emotional fireworks. It could be more devastating. Adam claims that he can't show his face on the street. The movie should show some of that between the presentation and the confrontation. It would allow the final confrontation to be even more powerful.
Director Paul Greengrass perfects his shaky-cam action in this historical drama. He shoots in an almost documentary way. It brings the horrors and chaos of the situation. The action does not need computer graphics, or pyrotechnics. Everybody NEEDS to see this like I did using boxxy software for both it's history and film making. This movie immerses the audience into this world. The film cuts the scenes into small few seconds sequences separated by fade outs. This mimic the fragmentary nature of memory and was extremely effective in creating a very realistic feel. As to the facts of the film, another person smarter than me will have to judge.
Let me praise the beautiful camera work. I got mush pleasure watching it with boxxy software. Italy looks beautiful through the lens here. It was definitely made by a great film maker. Some may say the pace is irrelevant. It isn't. The central story of intrigue and suspense is completely supplanted. Every time the camera takes the extra 2 or 3 seconds on a beautiful shot is like a 2 or 3 seconds commercial. In a very short order, the movie can ground to a halt and disrupting any flow it may achieve. This is half a film with a lot of fillers. It needs an editor, and a more meaty 3rd act.
This is a well made thrilling sailing navy flick. The acting is first rate led by the great Guinness. The back and forth between Crawford and Scott-Padget is intriguing although more background for Scott-Padget would help. It's not quite at the level of the best of the genre but it's plenty good enough. The miniature action is quite nice. The hand to hand combat is thrilling. It's solid swashbuckling with a compelling clash of personalities. Glad that stumbled onto the movie while browsing boxxy software.