10. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Wasn't About The Tate Murders
Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood received strong reviews from critics, though as indicated by the film's slightly underwhelming B CinemaScore, some audience members felt they'd been misled by the movie's marketing.
Given that the movie's trailers featured extensive glimpses of Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate and lingered on shots of Charles Manson (Damon Herriman), there was a fairly reasonable expectation that the film would, at least in part, dramatise the infamous Tate murders.
But of course, Tarantino's knack for revising history caused him to actually reinvent that fateful night and shift the focus away from Tate altogether.
Those expecting either a grisly exploitation-style depiction of the Tate murders or a subversive finale where Tate teams up with Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) to destroy the attackers were left baffled by what they actually got.
Instead, Tate is barely a character in the movie at all, having precious few lines and, in a deliberate move by Tarantino, is generally shown doing fairly mundane, ordinary things. Similarly, Manson has just a few seconds of screen time in the entire 161-minute movie.
Action-wise, the finale instead sees Tate's neighbour Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman pal Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) take out the murderous trash, while Tate is safely hanging with her pals next door.
It was certainly a fitting subversion and something Tarantino fans really should've expected, even if it's understandable that those hoping for a more involved depiction of both Tate and Manson were left a touch underwhelmed.