Quentin Tarantino’s new film has been panned by critics at the Cannes film festival. The problem: it feels too Hollywood.
This has surprised some given that film is called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and is about Hollywood in 1969. It also stars Hollywood A-list actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie who play A-list actors and stuntmen working in Hollywood.
But for Hollywood film critics, all of it is well…too much Hollywood.
“I mean hello?! How fake can you get?” says flamboyant film critic Bruno Cohen. “There’s just soooo much razzle and dazzle but it’s completely over the top and forgets to actually have a real story”.
While the film has yet to be publicly released, fans of Tarantino are defending the visionary director.
“It’s too Hollywood? What kinda f**king criticism is that?!” writers Reddit user djangoshultz on the subreddit r/Tarantino. “That’s like choosing to go to McDonald’s and then complain that all they serve is fast food.”
Tarantino isn’t surprised as he remembers similar criticisms were made with his film Django Unchained and its excessive use of the N-word.
“No, it doesn’t bother me, I’m used to it,” says the director. “When you go to see a film about African-American slavery but get shocked when you hear the N-word, then you’re a f**king idiot because that’s what the slave trade was like. It’s the same with my new film”.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set for release next month.
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