I wasted nearly 3 hours watching this absurd and pointless film. The film belittles the memories of Sharon Tate and the legendary martial arts film actor Bruce Lee. To understand the film one must understand history.
Let me explain what actually happened once upon a time in Hollywood
History Lesson #1: Roman Polanski
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” glorifies Roman Polanski, who was accused of having sex with a 13-year old girl. Tarantino defended Polanski’s actions. In a Variety article titled “Quentin Tarantino Defends Polanski in Resurfaced Interview: 13-Year-Old Girl ‘Wanted to Have It’” Maane Khatchatourian reported:
Tarantino said Polanski’s 13-year-old victim “wanted to have it and dated the guy.” Polanski was arrested in 1977 for five offenses following the alleged assault, including rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14. He fled the country after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old,” Tarantino said in the unearthed interview when asked by Stern why Hollywood embraces Polanski. “It was statutory rape. That’s not quite the same thing. … He had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word ‘rape,’ you’re talking about violent, throwing them down; it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. Throwing the word ‘rape’ around is like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor.”
Keep the above in mind as you read my review.
History Lesson #2: Bruce Lee
In a July 2019 The Wrap article titled “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Roman Polanski Blamed Bruce Lee for Sharon Tate’s Murder” Tim Molloy reported:
For a brief time after the murders of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and some of their closest friends, director Roman Polanski believed that Bruce Lee may have killed them.
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Like many Hollywood men, including Steve McQueen, Polanski trained with Bruce Lee, a fiercely efficient fighter trying to break into the movies. Bruce Lee had also given Tate martial arts training for the 1968 film “The Wrecking Crew.“
One day, after Tate’s murder, Polanski was deep in grief. The LAPD had no leads on who had murdered his wife and their unborn child.
Then Lee mentioned to Polanski that he had lost his glasses.
Polanski paid close attention, because someone had left a pair of glasses in his home, and detectives believed they might belong to the killer.
Polanski also knew Bruce Lee was one of the few people who might have been physically capable of killing a house full of people, all by himself.
Tarantino portrays the well known Asian martial arts actor Bruce Lee as arrogant, stupid and a bully. Bruce Lee said, “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” Tarantino portrays Lee as someone who is showing off.
On July 20, 1973, just one month before the premiere of Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong, China, at the young age of 32. Tarantino, like Polanski, denigrates the life of this Asian martial arts master.
How I wasted 3 hours
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969. A time when films were transitioning from the good guys always get the bad guys to what we see today, there are no good guys or bad guys. Or guys are always bad. At the 41st Academy Awards in April 1969, Polanski’s 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby won an Oscar for best supporting actress played by Ruth Gordon. In a July 1968 review of Rosemary’s Baby Roger Ebert wrote, “Roman Polanski’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is a brooding, macabre film, filled with the sense of unthinkable danger.’
You could use some of these same words for Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Actually, Hollywood has become brooding, macabre and filled with dangerous propaganda. Films like the profanity laced Good Boys is all about using 12-year old children to push kinky sex and drugs. Get the picture?
One person has taken action to call out the hypocrisy of Hollywood and Quentin Tarantino. His name is Sabo. The Hollywood Reporter article “Tarantino Billboards Hijacked in L.A. to Slam Epstein, Polanski and ‘Pedowood’” explains:
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio no longer appear on several ads in Hollywood for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as a conservative street artist has swapped their images with those of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and film director Roman Polanski.
The giant billboard at Pico and La Cienega had been rented by Sony to advertise the Quentin Tarantino movie that opened Thursday night, but Friday morning not only have the photos of the actors been altered, but also the film’s title, which now reads: “Once Upon a Time in Pedowood.”
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Epstein wasn’t as well-known among the public as Polanski until his recent arrest, but he was a frequent guest at entertainment industry events on both coasts, even throwing dinner parties at his New York mansion attended by the likes of Katie Couric, Charlie Rose, Chelsea Handler and George Stephanopoulos.
Tarantino’s profanity lased film is all about the deep underbelly of 1969 Hollywood. Sex, alcohol, drugs and rock and roll. Oh, how far Hollywood has fallen since the days of great western movies like High Noon or the 1969 Academy Awarded Best Picture Oliver!.
Don’t bother to go see it. It is Tarantino’s theatre of the absurd.
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