"Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" runtime — Tarantino’s most excessive?

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood dir. Quentin Tarantino 2019

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood runtime has finally been revealed.

Quentin Tarantino is back, truly. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood runtime has surfaced, urging fans to question whether it needs to be so long. It seems Tarantino is taking no half measures this year, though. His previous film - The Hateful Eight - recently appeared as a four-part miniseries on Netflix, much to the surprise of his diehard audience. Some took to Twitter, claiming that the streaming giant had unnecessarily butchered his work. However, they were soon silenced when Tarantino revealed that he actually worked on editing the project himself.

So, we've essentially received an extended cut of one of his films, and may also receive another in the near future. In his recent interview with SlashFilm, the director revealed that he has also been working on a Django Unchained director's cut, which adds roughly thirty more minutes onto the film's already lengthy runtime. Both this and The Hateful Eight miniseries will prove essential viewing for Tarantino completists, but this year the spotlight is firmly on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Empire recently reported that the film is due to premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, twenty-five years after his sophomore effort - Pulp Fiction - won the prestigious Palme d'Or. It's such terrific news, and it'll be ready to screen in 35mm after the director has spent months of hard work in the editing suite getting it ready in time for a May premiere. At the same time, it was also revealed that the film will be two hours and forty-five minutes long. Is that an issue?

After Avengers: Endgame, it shouldn't really prove a problem. Tarantino's films tend to average around the 150-minute mark, and if anything, his fanbase has welcomed longer runtimes. With dialogue as good as his, the time simply flies by.

So, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, hopes are still incredibly high. Glancing over what we've learnt of the project so far, the plot is still well under wraps, which means there are surely lots of narrative surprises to fill the runtime. We know that it will centre on Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as an actor/stuntman duo trying to make it in the L.A. movie scene in 1969.

However, we're unsure how the highly discussed Charles Manson elements will play into this. With Tarantino at the helm though, we'll surely be in good hands for its entirety. 

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