Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer, movie’s weird week of promos.
Quentin Tarantino has repeatedly said that his 10th film will be his last — something the marketing for his latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, seems to corroborate. Dramatically emphasized as the director’s ninth film, it’s also his first in nearly four years; and now its first trailer suggests he’s spent the time since 2015’s The Hateful Eight further committing to this potential final film countdown.
Deepening that lore is Tarantino’s all-out commitment to darkly absurdist comedy that’s present in the trailer, the kind that might not fully come together until we see the whole movie. And it sure seems like he doesn’t want it to, if the film’s early promotional materials are anything to go by.
Here’s the gist: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt unite — acting together for the first time ever in a feature film — for Tarantino’s surreal take on 1969 Hollywood. Pitt plays Cliff Booth, the stunt double for DiCaprio’s leading man, Rick Dalton. The pair have a working partnership that seems to extend beyond the film set, but why, how, when, and where remain unanswered questions, among myriad others.
Further complicating Once Upon a Time’s apparent premise is the presence of several real-life members of Hollywood’s Golden Age, ranging from Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate to Mike Moh’s Bruce Lee, who are seen dancing and talking up a storm throughout the trailer.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s first trailer caps a week of other obscure promos
Tarantino is not one to show his hand too early. And both the trailer and the accompanying posters for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are in keeping with that tradition. Critics were quick to snark on Monday’s marketing kickoff for the film