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I couldn't agree more. I just came back from watching it and had to write something, because it was such a waste of my money and time.worst film I have seen all year, and probably top 10 worst films I have ever seen. 2 hours and 45 minutes. Its like they didnt cut anything.
movie was so terribly bad. such a huge disappointment.
I was kid during that era and remember all the news about the Manson family. I also grew up in L.A., so I recognized a lot of the locations/scenery they used in the film. The fact Tarantino paid so much attention to the little details of the 60's didn't make one bit of difference for me, because the writing and pacing were so bad.
One of the first WTH?! moments was just a few minutes into the film, when DiCaprio makes a comment about having Pitt drive him around. All of sudden, Kurt Russel's voice breaks in as a narrator and explains DiCaprio's character lost his license because of a DUI. There's no more narration until almost the end of the movie, and then he just keeps on narrating...for a LONG TIME. It was like they said, "Oh crap! This flick is already almost three hours long. If we have to explain this whole section of the movie through acting, it'll take up another hour. I know! Let's have a voice over tell everyone what's going on!"
Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate was utterly pointless. She seemed so vapid and didn't push the story along in any way. Same goes for Emil Hirsch. Also, they only briefly introduce Charles Manson... near the beginning of the movie. No character development on the "Family", and absolutely no explanation WHY they were willing to follow him. The cult aspect and manipulation could've increased the amount of tension leading to the end, but it was ignored.
And, believe it or not, the ending was super predictable. Polanski, Tate, and everyone else in his house that night were bit characters. The emphasis was on Pitt and (Kind of) DiCaprio, so you knew they were going to be a big part of the finale. The way they diverted from real events then became laughable. Ridonkulously laughable.
All these critics and people calling it Tarantino's "Masterpiece" are just trying to sell the audience the Emperor's New Clothes. I'm not buying it (Other than paying the ticket at the theater).
Damn... I thought venting here would help, but I'm still angry.