Before last year I’d never seen a film twice in the cinema. I didn’t even know people were sad enough to do that until a friend said he’d seen Blade Runner 2049 five times. But, last year I realised I am that sad. I watched at least 5 films twice or more in the cinema. I unashamedly watched the Greatest Showman three times and I would do it again. Maybe over a month this time. A week maybe. I’ll be honest an afternoon.
Whilst it would be fair to call 2018 a solid year in film, It still felt lacking compared to 2017. Perhaps we were just spoilt but six of my top 20 films (a very rough top 20) were released in 2017. One made the list from 2018.
2019 looks promising with Avengers, Toy Story, and Star Wars but there’s one film that could alone outweigh all of last year’s films.
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood promises to be one of the best films of the decade, bringing together two of Hollywood’s biggest stars: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, for an original screenplay set around the Manson murders.
The screenplay has already been praised by DiCaprio calling it one of the best from the double Oscar winner Tarantino. The Titanic actor has proven to be a good judge of projects with 4 of his last 6 films being Oscar-nominated for best picture, and this will undoubtedly be in the running come the 2020 awards season.
I realise at this point all I’ve said is that it will probably win a few Oscars but I can’t overstate the potential this film has. This has one of the best directors and screenwriters of our generation working on it and it has the best actor of our generation paired up with the best actor at adopting multicultural children that the world has ever seen. If that doesn’t persuade you I don’t know what will.
Ok, Margot Robbie is in it and she wears short skirts you creeps.
Part of this film’s charm is that it exists as an enigma. Details on the plot are as scarce as viable Oscar hosts but it's suggested that it’s more similar to Pulp Fiction than any of Tarantino’s other work. It’s believed to be about a Western actor (DiCaprio) and his stunt man (Pitt) struggling to cope in a new Hollywood at the height of hippy culture.
What I can tell you is that it will undoubtedly make a fine addition to Tarantino’s filmography with his signature style of unrelenting violence, masterfully crafted dialogue, vintage title cards, empathetic sound and a profound love of all things cinema.
2019 is shaping up to be a great year but trust me this will be the cherry on the top.