Read the book, watch the movie. Well, this time it's the other way around. Quentin Tarantino enters the universe of literature by launching his book Once upon a time in Hollywood, adapted from his film of the same name that arrived in movie theaters in 2019. His work, now in pages, was released by Intrinseca in a small format, which gives a great highlight to this pulp.
If you think the book isn't worth it and it's just the script for the feature, you can put this idea out of your mind and buy the novel. Once upon a time in Hollywood it does have the elements of the film, like its characters and events, but as always with books, it goes much further.
For those who watched Tarantino's feature and then read the book, you will realize that you are not even halfway through the work and the final events of the feature have already been shown, leaving you with a question full of profanity on how he will narrate it all.
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Tarantino manages with a text totally in the present, unlike other styles that we read everything like "he took the car and went to..." and here he writes "he takes the car and goes", it already puts you in sync with the events at the moment and not as a story that happened.
This is more than interesting to take the reader along with the adventure as if they were there and not just a spectator who is sitting listening to a story. Another point is to get to know more of the central characters like Cliff, who in the film has his story told, but who leaves some points open for interpretation. In the film, everything is clarified in the Tarantino way of being, which makes something tragic into comic.
Rick Dalton also gains more depth and if he didn't understand his emotional issues, now you will know why he goes from one point to another in these emotions. In addition, the universe of Hollyood is criticized by a Tarantino who knows how to expose the biggest sins of the American industry and explain the difference between foreign and “canned” cinema.
Tarantino again manages to surprise, even after years of playing with the minds of his fans and the cinema. Once upon a time in Hollywood is a work full of entertainment industry and pop culture history, with characters who, even if they never existed, are as alive as those who took the lives of people who would become legends.
Once upon a time in Hollywood was released by Intrinsic Publisher in a small format, giving the reader a different way of reading, like the famous pocketbooks of the last century, with malleable pages that you can take wherever you want.