Director 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, report agencies.
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 colours of sky blue and sunset gold.”
Deadline declared that it was the “film Tarantino was born to make... gloriously, wickedly indulgent, compelling and hilarious.”
Critics clapped at the end having laughed throughout, but there were none of the standing ovations at the press preview that sometimes greet films at Cannes. (According to a report in Variety, Tarantino did receive a six minute standing ovation at the premiere.