Quentin Tarantino is well known throughout the film world as a producer who delivers a top product that will win awards. Once upon a time in Hollywood, the movie, is no exception as it was nominated for 5 Golden Globes and 10 Academy Award nominations and won a number of categories across the board.
The book of the movie is something else again, as it is unusual to present the screen play first and then create the book second, which is what has happened. Known for his flair, creativity and imagination Taranatino sets the scene in Hollywood during the halcyon years when anything and everything went in Hollywood.
A fading actor who is being recruited to work in the ‘spaghetti westerns’ beloved of the 1970’s theater audience, brings the once famous actor to a teetering point in his career, a point he does not want to accept but is reluctant to do much about, still floating on the belief that the next big role is just around the corner.
His stunt double and longtime friend, Cliff Booth seems to be going from strength to strength, a man who shows little fear, loves women and uses his World War 11 service background to his advantage, occasionally on the wrong side of legal.
Name dropping of the many famous actors who had a stellar career in these halcyon days becomes a little tiresome in the written word, but on the screen would perhaps pass as unremarkable; part of the ambience and background, but also helps to portrays the helpless slide into mediocrity Rick Dalton is facing, as he has worked with a number of these people over the past years of his career.
Amongst the very wordy pages is a good storyline which once discovered holds well, as the many aspects of which Hollywood became infamous for during these years are portrayed by the people who knew and lived through the era.
As a first novel Tarantino’s written style is interesting. Film buffs and fans of Tarantino will enjoy the broadest aspect of storytelling portraying the ruthlessness, tragedy, sex and compassion that lay behind the scenes of glitz and glamour, Hollywood style.