Quentin Tarantino is a film auteur who has influenced generations creators across mediums. Tarantino said that he planned on only doing ten films in his career before retiring. It appears that this legacy could be drawing to a close very soon.
Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, follows Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) a failing cowboy actor and his stunt Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) double and their final attempt to achieve success in a Hollywood that no longer wants to produce Westerns. The duo unwittingly get involved in the Charles Manson cult murder of actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).
This is an interesting story for Tarantino to explore and I’m sure he relates to the protagonist’s plight of trying to make Westerns in an industry that thinks they’re stale. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood also allows Tarantino to make a film about filmmaking and utilize meta-storytelling. The interaction between Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) and Cliff Booth blends the genres of Martial Arts with the Western. Lee delivers an over the top Kung Fu one liner and Booth undercuts the comment with southern wit.
There’s no bigger fanboy of film than Tarantino and his best works manage to take the essence of classic cinema and bring it to new audiences.