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And everything could be set up with an equal, if not greater amount of cathartic glee with half hour, this leaves 2h of movie that are roughly unnecessary. This review will attempt to analyse the piece without delivering major spoilers.
I'm a fan of Tarantino's movies and this is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I've seen of his. Everything that Tarantino is known for is either absent or placed in such a way that it becomes irrelevant. There are no great scenes with superb dialogues, one of the things he is known best for (and when you consider that this is a movie about 60's movies, this becomes a downright crime), the long one-shot scenes that previously were used either to elevate the tension or establish a moment are wasted in overly long and slow scenes that lead nowhere.
In fact, sadly, when you reach the climax of the movie and look upon at the 2h30min that led to it, you realize that it made pointless nearly everything established before. Characters that appeared and took more than half an hour of silent exposition are rendered obsolete, cameos stop making sense and tension that was built between characters that lead to what may be called the only thing remotely closer to 'emotional' are nullified by logical conclusion. All in order to set another piece of a 'changed history' moment. And what makes everything even worse is the fact that the movie is slow.
You'll get tired of seeing Brad Pitt driving, you'll get tired of seeing a female character wandering around to no end making things that won't advance the plot in any way. The only soundtrack available is basically what the characters are hearing in the background, which makes everything worse. I've seen people defending that the true focus of the story is Leonardo's character's transition between acting styles, which would be fine... except that the moment of revelation isn't treated with the apotheosis effect that it should, it's treated as a silent 'upgrade' and promptly tossed to the corner and never spoken about again, you just see the 'results' of his change (again, wasted moment for an awesome conversation). Others defend that the true protagonist of the story is the city itself and the 60's movie industry, that's all fine and dandy, if they focused on it instead of shifting slowly between pieces and changed the pacing, giving some aerial shots or people gushing over the cinema itself. Overall 2.3/10m
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