I have never been a huge fan of director Quentin Tarantion’s work as goes a bit overboard with the violence in his films. However, I was willing to give his new film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, a viewing due to being fans of the two leads, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. The presence of Margot Robbie and Al Pacino didn’t hurt either. The film is set in 1969 Hollywood and introduces actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who was the star of the 1950’s television show “Bounty Law” and his best friend/stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Dalton is worried his career is over, but Booth drives his around town as the two are hoping for new work for the fading actor. One day after returning from one of their drives around Hollywood, the two discover actress Sharon Tate (Robbie) and her new husband director Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) have moved next door, and Dalton sees this as an opportunity to revive his career. The film features several flashback moments, several of which involve Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) and his interactions with both Booth and Tate. We also see the notorious Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) in several scenes, one of which involves a brief interaction with Tate. Speaking of Manson, while out driving alone one day, Booth picks up a teen hitchhiker named Pussycat and drives her to Spahn Movie Ranch where he used to work, but is now home to the squatting “Manson family.” Booth’s appearance at the ranch raises the suspensions of the followers of Manson, and does not end well for one who threatens Booth. While this is occurring Dalton manages to land a role in a new television series called “Lancer”, and despite a few struggles and too much drinking, he begins to feel better about himself. Because of this successful acting job, casting agent Marvin Schwarzs (Pacino) encourages Dalton to shoot a Spaghetti Western (Italian made westerns) in Rome. Dalton considers these Italian made westerns to be garbage, but eventually agrees to stars in several of the films. While in Rome Dalton marries an Italian actress, so he did actually benefit from trip in more ways than one. During this point in the film we see Tate walking up to a movie theater showing a film she has a role in with Dean Martin. She goes into the theater to watch the film, and the scene features actual footage from the film with the real Tate, which adds to the poignancy of the moment. As for Dalton, upon his return with his new wife, he realizes he can no longer afford Booth, so the two go out for a final night on the town to celebrate the end of an era. When the two friends return to Dalton’s home, they have no idea several members of the Mason family have devised a plan to murder Dalton. The group, which includes the infamous Susan Atkins (Mikey Madison), manage to break into Dalton’s home, and this is the point in the film where the violence goes “off the rail.” Even though the murderous group get their just deserts, the segment is difficult to watch at times, but the director does provide a very over-the-top moment that provides a bit of levity for the difficult scene. There is also an unexpected twist involving Tate in this film that certainly falls into the “fairy tale” feel of the films title. If only events had played out in real life as they did in this film. The film ends with Dalton finally getting an invitation to Tate’s home. I must say Tarantion does a masterful job in presenting the world of 1969 Hollywood in both street scenes and pop culture moments, making the film seem almost like a documentary. The film also features a heart-wrenching appearance from the late Luke Perry as an actor who has a scene with Dalton, and further conveys how much the actor is missed. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is a comely/drama that weaves together a fascinating story of the magic in the land of movie-making where dreams are fulfilled or crushed.