Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated film trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has finally been released and fans have not been disappointed. While it’s featuring a tonne of Hollywood heavyweights, is the film as happy and vibrant as the trailer appears?
Similar to Tarantino’s previous films, the trailer gives away no real plot to the film but instead offers a sense of mystery. The trailer, which was released on March 20th, boasted stylish and colourful outfits, countless A-list celebs such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie, and more interestingly, references to Charles Manson and the Manson murders.
Honouring Sharon Tate, played by Robbie, who was brutally murdered by the Manson family, the film hints at a sense of danger as the golden age of Hollywood seems to be over. A quick flash on the screen shows Manson, played by Aussie actor Damon Herriman, waving and giving an eerie smile, leaving fans speculating the film’s relationship to the Manson murders. Although the film is set in 1969, many fans have suggested from the trailer that the film’s timeline will move over a few years and portray the violent end to the golden age of Hollywood.
This is Tarantino’s ninth film and following some of his previous productions such as Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Bastards, fans are more than eager to see his latest work. In true Tarantino style, the trailer features odd humour – such as a scene where DiCaprio’s character, Rick Dalton, is sobbing after receiving a compliment from a young girl, and another as a Bruce Lee impersonator is fighting with Pitt.
What we don’t see in the trailer is all the other cast members that feature in the film. Actors such as Dakota Fanning, Austin Butler and Lena Dunham are all said to play characters that are members or followers of the Manson family.
The trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features upbeat music from the 60s and seemingly fun and vibrant characters. But there is a dark undertone to the film due to its timeline as 1969 was the year most notorious for the Manson murders. The film is also being released on the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate’s death. Fans are going wild with excitement over which way the film will go with the trailer already receiving over ten million views.
So, whether you’re a die-hard Tarantino fan, a lover of the Manson murder mysteries, or if you’re like me and will watch anything with Brad Pitt in it, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is sure not to disappoint. Arriving in Australian cinemas in August, this is one film you would be crazy to miss!
Check out the trailer here and let us know what you thought about it in the comments down below: