Quentin Tarantino stormed into Cannes Tuesday with Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, which critics at the world’s biggest film festival hailed as his best movie in years.
They heaped praise on the dark Tinseltown fairytale set in the Los Angeles of 1969 starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a television Western star on the slide and Brad Pitt as his stunt double.
Twenty-five years after the American director won Cannes’ top Palme d’Or prize for Pulp Fiction, he got some of his best reviews since Jackie Brown in 1997.
Critic Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said that Tarantino wanted “to tell us a story about Hollywood life at the time of the Manson family slayings... and man, does he ever, going from awestruck to WTF.”
“Brad Pitt the standout, his coolest role yet,” he added in a tweet.
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw was equally euphoric, calling the film a “brilliant exploitation black-comedy” which “finds a pulp-fictionally redemptive take on the Manson nightmare: shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot in the celluloid-primary colors of sky blue and sunset gold.”
Deadline declared that it was the “film Tarantino was born to make... gloriously, wickedly indulgent, compelling and hilarious.” The online film magazine even called for a sequel.
“The world is a more colorful place in Tarantino’s twilight zone. Round two, please.”
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