Quentin Tarantino’s new film shines with its outstanding actors and uses the medium as an effective remedy against historical trauma.
A slightly different Tarantino
No shootings, no blood fountains, no rampant violence – a Tarantino for tame minds? Not quite. One by one: If you know the realistic background of the story (Manson Family), you know that blood and violence will eventually come… But by Tarantino standards very moderate. But no need to worry, because there are also the director’s classic elements: long, intensive dialogues, overflowing coolness, a love of the cinema, strong women, an interesting narrative style etc.
Violence and blood make way for the Hollywood of the 60s: the focus is clearly on this. The action gives way to the scenery. This may disturb some moviegoers, but it shows Tarantino from a more mature side. He skilfully revives the Hollywood of the ’60s. The western acting odyssey of DiCaprio’s character is really worth seeing. It is always exciting to see a doubting actor in his inner conflicts.
So it can be said that it is the setting and the grandiose acting duo Brad Pitt-Leonardo DiCaprio who carry the film.
A cathartic excess
But the best thing about the whole movie is probably the ending. Those who know Tarantino should know that he does not really stick to historical events (see Inglourious Basterds). So it’s obvious that he doesn’t correctly retell the dramatic and traumatic story of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski… But until the end you don’t know how he will change the story. And that carries the whole film, that creates tension!
The freedoms the movie takes at the end are pure catharsis for the viewer. Pure happiness flows through the veins of the viewer, who recognizes the healing effect of cinema.
Thank you Mr. Tarantino for showing the world the power of cinema!
Picture: Sony Pictures