First Glance: “Licorice Pizza”

The mere mention of a new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is sure to garner a heap of attention. The much beloved PTA is a filmmaker with his own unique style of filmmaking and storytelling. I admit, I appreciate his work but have often been pretty mixed on the results (I absolutely loved his last film “Phantom Thread” and “There Will Be Blood” is an all-time favorite if that’s any consolation).

Armed with one the craziest but best titles of the year, PTA’s new film “Licorice Pizza” is a coming-of-age drama set in the San Fernando Valley during the 1970s. The much anticipated first trailer really digs into the setting while highlighting the film’s interesting cast. It stars Cooper Hoffman (son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman), Bradley Cooper, Alana Haim, Benny Safdie, Sean Penn, Nate Mann, Skyler Gisondo, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Destry Allyn Spielberg, Tom Waits, and Maya Rudolph. In one since I’m compelled by Anderson’s vision. At the same time the trailer resembles a host of other of these kinds of teen movies. Hopefully Anderson has some cool stuff up his sleeve.

“Licorice Pizza” gets a limited release November 26th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

6 thoughts on “First Glance: “Licorice Pizza”

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  2. I see a couple of blatant steals in here: the Mrs. Robinson scene with the shoes from “The Graduate” and the David Bowie music stolen from Steve Zissou. The trailer looks like it’s a Wes Anderson wannabe without all of the wonderful creativity of Wes Anderson. Those two leads don’t grab me at all. Like you, I’m up in the air with it.

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