Well written. You've given expression to much about what I really liked about the film. Both my wife & I grew up in 60s LA, so there's a certain degree of nostalgia that's going to be triggered automatically by a film like this.Still, it doesn't come automatically. The filmmaker has to work for it.
I know what you mean about some scenes being strictly necessary. But if that includes those of Sharon Tate viewing her movie in Westwood, I enjoyed the screentime he gives Margot Robbie as Tate.
While I'm dubious about the ending of Inglorious Basterds, I really enjoyed the ending here [Spoiler alert!] where an alive & well Jay Sebring invites DiCaprio's character over to tell what happened.If only....
Finally, although I've lived in the NY diaspora since the mid-90s it saddens me greatly (though I understand why) fewer & fewer films & TV shows are shot in LA. Long after the studio system collapsed, LA continued to dominate film & TV production. Now that that is coming to pass, I wonder what LA's future will be.