Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most recognized directors today. Although his films tend to divide the audience a lot, he has quite a few followers who he seeks to surprise with his projects. Tapes like The Phantom Thread – 97%, Own Vice – 74% and The Master: Every Man Needs a Guide – 85% have served to consolidate their image among the greats and received a lot of attention in the awards season and excellent opinions from specialized critics. The director even earned the respect of many by trusting Adam Sandler for the lead in Intoxicated with Love – 79%, which proved their skills behind the scenes.
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Anderson’s titles are not for everyone. It does not require, at all, to be a genius or to be above the average to be able to appreciate his work; in fact, it is his unique style that drives many away. Those who find in his work an almost shocking vulnerability and heavy, sensitive and contradictory characters, are left by the way he approaches them narratively. Whoever is not used to it will feel that his approach is very slow, and that will be enough to not want to get much closer.
But the creator not only has these tapes to prove his career. In fact, you may be more commonly recognized for directing various music videos from Haim, the famous band founded by three sisters. Now both worlds will be integrated into Anderson’s new film that will be precisely starring Alana haim. After several months of keeping the title and synopsis a secret, today we already know that the project will be called Licorice Pizza and that will be released in November of this year. In addition, we can already see the first advance:
The trailer uses the song by Life on Mars by David Bowie to take us back to the seventies, where a young man named Gary will seek to cement his acting career as he navigates the strange life of high school. Gary is played by Cooper hoffman, son of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. At the forefront of the story is the relationship between Gary and his friend, played by Alana haim, who seem to have a special connection that could lead to a romantic relationship. It is clear that Licorice Pizza It will also function as a Coming of Age film, where young people prepare for the cruelty of adult life.
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Bradley Cooper will also be part of the cast giving life to the producer Jon peters, recognized for his work in Nace Una Estrella – 92%, both the version with Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand; as well as Batman – 72% and Superman Returns – 76%. Maya Rudolph, Anderson’s real-life wife, will also make an appearance, as will Sean Penn and Tom Waits. The protagonist will have to find a way to mix and balance his love of acting and his reality as a teenager at that time.
The aesthetics and setting are somewhat reminiscent of Boogie Nights: Pleasure Games – 92%, starring Mark Wahlberg, who told the story of an independent porn producer seeking to elevate his status by taking advantage of a young man whom he considers the next big star of adult entertainment. The first images of Licorice Pizza They don’t reveal much more to us, but that’s not uncommon with an Anderson project. As always, we will be facing a melodrama with light touches of comedy and social criticism.
Liquor Pizza it was not a simple production. The film had to change the filming start date several times due to the global pandemic. After a long wait, in August 2020 work was able to begin and Anderson worked quite quickly to make up for the time. The film will have a limited release in November, and is expected to hit theaters on December 25, thus joining the titles that are waiting to be considered for the next awards season.
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