Quentin Tarantino is bold, brash, and one of a kind. The director is back with his ninth film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, and if we are to go by what he has reiterated, this is his penultimate movie, and his tenth film will serve as a kind of epilogue to his body of work.
Whenever Tarantino makes a movie, it is not just about that film itself, but it is somewhat of a celebration of the entire art of cinema. As the director once mentioned, he went to films rather than film schools, and his love for the medium is evident in his works that refer to several other movies, making Tarantino’s films a cinephile’s wet dream. The director has always had a fixed set of actors that he has worked with, but in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ he has considerably expanded the cast to include some of the best-known names of Hollywood. In fact, this might be Tarantino’s most ambitious project yet.
For those who have an interest in Hollywood and the film industry in general, this is the first time Tarantino is not associated with Harvey Weinstein, following the sexual abuse allegations against the latter. Upon being first screened at the Cannes, it received largely positive reviews but lost out to Bong Jon Hoo’s ‘Parasite‘. Critics have even called it “Tarantino’s love letter to ’60s L.A”. If Tarantino is writing a love letter to a Los Angeles he knows so intimately, viewers can expect to be swept off their feet. We will tell you where to watch ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, but before that, let us quickly walk you through the film’s story.
What is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood About?
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is set in 1969 Los Angeles and we are introduced to Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a former star of a 1950s Western television series called ‘Bounty Law’. He finds his career faltering due to his issues with alcoholism, and confides to his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), that he is officially a has been. Booth, a Vietnam war veteran, tries to bolster his confidence and things begin to look up when Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and Roman Polanski move in next door to Dalton. He tries to befriend Polanski, hoping to regain his leading man status.
Meanwhile, Booth has an interesting encounter when he drops off a girl at the Spahn Ranch. He meets some of Charles Manson’s followers and even gets in an altercation with one when his front tire is slashed. However, he does not have the fortune of meeting the man himself. All the while, Dalton gets himself a job on many television shows, among which ‘Lancer’ receives positive reviews. Tarantino’s love for cinema is evident here as Dalton engages in a philosophical discussion about acting with his method-acting co-star, who is eight years old. The positive reviews that ‘Lancer’ gets attracts the attention of casting agent Marvin Schwarz (Al Pacino), who offers Dalton a chance to shoot a Spaghetti Western in Rome. Dalton does not take kindly to this since he considers the genre to be at the bottom of the totem pole of entertainment, but he takes the job nonetheless and takes Booth with him. He shoots for several films and returns six months later, married to an Italian crew member.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, Dalton takes Booth out for a drink, deciding to go their separate ways, and ending their glorious partnership. Later that night, Dalton confronts three of the Manson family members as he catches them parked outside his home, preparing to kill Tate and her friends (in the event that we now know infamously as ‘Helter Skelter’). They drive off but return with a plan to kill Booth and Dalton as well. The master of orchestrating violence in his films has a grand time here as Booth and Dalton square off against the trio from Manson’s cult.
When the movie ends, we see that Booth is taken to a hospital to get his nonlethal injuries treated, while Dalton is invited to Tate’s house on that fateful night for drinks. Tarantino’s ending to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ has left critics divided, but we will let you form your opinions, once we tell you where you can watch the movie.
Is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Netflix?
Netflix has some amazing films and television shows, which makes it a premier content provider. Thus, it is no surprise that Quentin Tarantino’s works would make its way to Netflix’s library. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is not on Netflix yet, but you can check out some of Tarantino’s best works like ‘Pulp Fiction‘, ‘Inglourious Basterds‘, and ‘The Hateful Eight‘.
Is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Hulu?
Hulu has a well-stocked library of films and television shows which is constantly improving to cater to their expanding viewer base. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is not available to subscribers, but you can watch ‘Reservoir Dogs‘ on the platform.
Is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime has a carefully curated library that is designed to cater to a wide variety of tastes. Though ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is not on the platform, all this talk of Westerns in the film might make you want to watch a Western itself. Check out ‘The Magnificent Seven‘ (1960), one of the best Westerns ever, on the platform.
Where Can I Stream Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Online?
Unfortunately, at this moment, there are no sites where you can stream ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ online, but give it some time and it is bound to arrive on one streaming platform or another.
Is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Out on DVD and BluRay?
No, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ has been available on DVD or BluRay as of December 10, 2019. Digital HD copies have been available as of November 25, 2019. You can easily order a digital copy of the film here.
Where Can I Watch Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Online For Free?
Sorry freeloaders, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ cannot be watched for free using legal means, at the moment. Considering that Tarantino is one of the best directors in the business today, we strongly urge you to pay for the movie and have a great experience with the director’s latest offering.