‘Licorice Pizza’ is a delightful romantic story about young love in the dark of Hollywood

Reject the adage that you can’t go home again, Paul Thomas Anderson suspenseful revisiting the San Fernando Valley in his youth — as well as the high-flying electric in his 1997 sophomore epic Boogie night-with Licorice pizza, an upcoming celebration to find out who you are, where you want to be, in what direction you want to go, and what rebellious, groundbreaking inventions will help you achieve your dreams. Absolutely the most upbeat movie Anderson has made since 2002 Punch-Say Love, whereby it shares a bohemian romanticism rocked by tantrums, not to mention a shady adventure in the 2014 circuit Deputy successor, it’s a nostalgic ride steeped in the reckless ’70s spirit of giving up and an unwavering affection for that time when anything seemed possible, and the open road ahead was what in which one must race madly.

Licorice pizza (November 26, at the theater) was filled with the sights of young men and women running at breakneck speed, none other than 15-year-old high school student Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, a favorite of Anderson’s) and 25-year-old assistant photographer Alana Kane (Alana Haim, of Haim band). The two initially met at old-school photo day, in which Gary approached Alana with a smug bravado far beyond his worldly experience. Gary brags about his career as a child actor, and it’s clear that his career success is down to him insuring himself rather than the other way around. Alana is also confident and tough as hell — she’s introduced as cursing a child who accidentally walks into her, and spends the rest of the film exuding a vulgar and imposing personality that can be demonstrated by her knowledge of Krav Maga — and she quickly let Gary know that she was too old for him. However, she recognizes the egotistical boy as a kindred spirit and accepts his invitation to have a drink at a nearby restaurant, thus quickly cementing their relationship.

Anderson was just a kid in the 1970s depicted in Licorice pizza, and he envisions Encino’s ramshackle school hallways, offices, and storefronts, neighborhood streets and homes with someone’s passionate interest that evokes a bygone era pink smoke tinged with childhood memories (whereas he shows a fondness for classic Hollywood that is reminiscent of Once upon a time in Hollywood). The image of Anderson and co-videographer Michael Bauman — be it a close-up of Hoffman’s lightly pitted face or a panorama of a crowd heading to a brightly lit golf course at night — has grainy textures , softly adds to the tender atmosphere of the proceedings, as does the soundtrack of frequent collaborator Jonny Greenwood, the score oscillating and swaying to the beat with soundtracks from stars like Sonny and Cher, David Bowie and The Doors. The film is like a memoir, showing compassion and consideration for individuals who are frantically trying to pursue whatever big next thing they think will get them there.

For Alana, that meant finding a way out of her showbiz hometown and away from her traditional Jewish family (played by Haim’s real-life father, mother, and sisters, who eventually also is her bandmate). In Gary, Alana not only sees herself, but also a potential one-way ticket to somewhere better. However, since her wanted friend isn’t even of legal age to drink or drive, she quickly turns to others, including Gary’s younger rival Lance (Skyler Gisondo). , movie star Jack Holden (Sean Penn) and mayoral candidate Joel Wachs (Benny Safdie). When each of them doesn’t end, she turns back to Gary, whose oversized plan is perfectly suited for her set ambitions.

Licorice pizza is a story about two free-spirited girls who fall in love, with Alana determined to get a man or a job that will facilitate her flight, and Gary driven to become rich. yes by pickpocketing or crooks. First with the water bed business, and then as a pinball video game mogul, Gary proves an intrepid businessman whose guiding ethos is embodied by a James Bond marquee (Live and let die), and he’s in love with Alana precisely because they’re the crazy type. That similarity both attracts and repels, and it is Haim and Hoffman’s recognition that they manage the sparks that unite Alana and Gary, as well as the frustration and anger that so often separates them. They share an unaffected, magnetic chemistry that presents an ingenious blend of impulsiveness, aggression, jealousy, stubbornness, and vulnerability as their protagonists plunge into action. vi failure after misbehavior.

Haim and Hoffman are the lovely center of Licorice pizza, and Anderson surrounds them with a series of scene-stealing lights. Penn is more interesting over the years as Holden (as William Holden), who is less interested in Alana than in recreating the motorcycle stunt from one of his famous roles with the assistance of director Rex Blau (Tom Waits). John Michael Higgins gets a few laughs as the owner of a grotesque racist Japanese restaurant. And Bradley Cooper It’s a slap of fun when real-life movie producer Jon Peters, who purchases one of Gary’s waterbeds and on delivery, delivers a hilarious, extended quote to Gary in which he I clarified the correct pronunciation of my girlfriend’s name (Barbra Strei-sand) and threatened to kill Gary’s brother with his bare hands.

“Bradley Cooper is a sleazy funky character as real-life movie producer Jon Peters, who purchases one of Gary’s waterbeds and, upon delivery, brings Gary…”

The oil crisis of 1973 was the catalyst for a horror at Peters’ gas station, as well as the most suspenseful wheelchair downhill scene in cinematic history. Those are just two of the many highlights of Anderson’s gripping drama, however, in constant motion. Every single one of its extensive follow-up shots is seamlessly integrated into the appropriate action (preferably at a local convention where a wink appears and you’ll miss him John C. Reilly as he is. The Munsters‘paterfamilias), and every segment of it into slow motion and needle drops is attuned to the emotions and fluctuating circumstances of the film’s characters. Anderson hasn’t played fast and loose since his early films, and unlike those efforts, there’s no flourishing of my look to be found here, only enthusiasm. the outburst of a master in commanding the entire rhythm, the energy of his material. , and mood.

Gary and Alana dash into the future with extreme excitement and a bit of fear, the latter born out of their shared understanding that they may only have a finite number of opportunities to truly create. build relationships with each other. Their tumultuous blend of hope and fear, unbridled audacity and persistent insecurity, is what young love is made of, and it is imagined by Anderson, Haim, and Hoffman. personal terms, to be exact, by Licorice pizzaIn conclusion, it gives a feeling of extreme excitement. ‘Licorice Pizza’ is a delightful romantic story about young love in the dark of Hollywood

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