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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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An absolutely fantastic film. Of course, credit needs to go to Phoenix for a stellar performance. I won't try and compare him to Heath Ledger of course, however just looking at his performance in this stand-alone film, it's more than praise worthy to say the least. But the film as a whole tackles some themes and issues that most high-end blockbusters are afraid to. At face value it can be seen as a statement against people judging others for their mental health, or appearance of mental state. About how society deems those who are different, or abnormal as insane or wrong.
But digging deeper was can see that as viewed through a Trotskyist ideological approach the film actually looks at the 'Permanent Revolution' theory, and how in order for social change to take action, society needs something radical to push it forward. In fact, it could even be seen through a typical Marxist approach, as a statement against the bourgeois, and how the upper-class are a cancer on society.
All of that is to say that while you can view this as a passive spectator and enjoy it, if you actively watch the film, you'll have issues and themes challenge your perception of society, and make you question whether the world we live in today is really that unlike what's depicted on screen.