Brad Pitt has given many memorable roles in his rich career but none hold a candle to his character of stunt actor Cliff Booth in 2019’s Quentin Tarantino directed wonder Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. In fact, the diligence and excellence with which he played the supporting role earned him the first Oscar of his career- that speaks volumes about a film that centers on his dynamics with the story’s lead, Leonardo DiCaprio. But in case you missed watching it at the time of its release and have been waiting for its debut on one of the streaming platforms, then you are in luck as Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has finally debuted on Netflix in the U.S. and already trending at #7!
The Quentin Tarantino film focuses on the fictional and somewhat real re-creation of late 60s Hollywood so we have fictional characters as well as those that are based on real-life people. The story begins with Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, a formerly successful Hollywood TV star, who is afraid that his career is fading in the changing industry as he is left playing guest villains on TV series. The other option is to head to Italy and make spaghetti Westerns and star in it, something that Rick considers beneath him but what he is forgetting is that someone else’s career is connected to his- his stunt double and best friend, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).
But Brad Pitt’s fearless Cliff is not worried about his career, not even when he is fired from a film for trading punches with Bruce Lee. The more than two hours and 40 minute-long film does get sluggish in places, jumps from one place to another by introducing the murderous Manson Family, the actress Sharon Tate, and sometimes falters, but nothing can take away from the first time on-screen chemistry of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
By the third half of the film, there is no doubt left that this not the real depiction of that era’s Hollywood and is majorly how Tarantino imagines it to be. But as we said, the lead pair of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt ensure that the story remains together and keeps bubbling with a palpable energy that was loved by the viewers. So, we are not going to spoil the film by sharing what happens next (in case you still haven’t watched it) as our advice would be to binge it on Netflix now and have your own unique experience.
It was initially announced that the film would be focused on the infamous Manson murders. As per Deadline’s report, Brad Pitt was Tarantino’s first choice but in the role of a detective investigating the crimes. There were many actors who were initially considered for the film, like Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lawrence, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood grossed a worldwide total of $374.3 million and went on to become the second film in Tarantino’s career, after Django Unchained, to be the highest global grosser. The critics’ reviews were also generally positive and favorable as they praised Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s performances and how they gave their all to their respective characters. And they were not the only ones who received praise as the film was liked because of how the cast understood and brought Tarantino’s vision to life. Even though the film was mildly panned for being long, critics stated that while it dragged in a few places, there is nothing they would change in the film.
The film also went on to earn the prestigious Palm Dog Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood also received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt, which the actor won thus earning the first Oscar of his career.
In fact, Brad Pitt bagged the Best Supporting Actor award literally everywhere, whether it was at the Austin Film Critics Association Awards, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and of course, the Golden Globes. So, in case you are one crazy Brad Pitt fan (like us), Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is unmissable and you can catch it now on Netflix.