Review Licorice Pizza: “Dreamland”, sobre el film de Paul Thomas Anderson

“Do you really want to see my breasts?”

The Friday 18th we share one of the most beautiful tips about the last Paul Thomas Anderson movie on MIC mag social media channels. It was a charming notice about the real ‘Licorice Pizza’ by ‘Thrillist’ mag (Here). In California’s shiny ‘70s, people fell in love and grew among beer, grins, memorable women, and an incredible Record Store chain with this one-off name.

According to Anderson they always got there after school. Anyway, in ‘Licorice Pizza’ film there isn´t a Record Store but yes a place when dreaming makes an amazing, funny and charming drama. Alana (Alana Haim) and Gary (Cooper Hoffman) try to live their dreams while their hearts seek to be one.

Besides this wonderful love story, it weaves a hue among historical 70’s oil crisis and political matters in an amazing and sequential screenplay with unforgettable scenes. From the first shot, Anderson achieves to create a perfect sync amid screenplay and a wonderful opening sequential camera movement to show the toddling events of love.

After it everything is amusing ´cause an honest love always is funny. Accurately in adolescence. And try to conquer someone like Gary’s attempts with Alana is a skit when everybody feels identified. Even, without being a match there’s a scene when Gary got jealous and Alana replies to it as the funniest angry bride. But she isn´t her bride and none one of them has the initiative to show their real feelings and take an action to be together and it’s a very comical affair among all lovers and along the movie.

Through Alana’s and Gary’s jobs the big Anderson uplifts the whole film gags on an amorous teen. While Alana searches for a job as an actress and after it works as a volunteer for a politician, Gary is a businessman and sells water beds.

And here Thomas tries to expose that besides love the oil is an issue essential in our lives. It´s the bedrock of many things around us. Even it´s the raw material of Gary´s business. Therefore, we can´t live without oil in the way that we live now and it has a useful sense of gravity when Anderson shows a gag and a witty scene with a bus moving in the California hills without gasoline (Another titter and memorable scene).

Bonding with this, Anderson introduces a ‘Taxi Driver’ looks scene as another subtle matter in the whole love tale. Maybe it doesn´t have a clear message like the oil crisis but everybody knows the lies of politicians in campaigns and everybody has to live with it. Whether about oil matters or with another issue to get votes.

In a noteworthy part, Joel (Benny Safdie) – the politician – say to the camera: «All that we need are people in positions of power to remember to be who they were when they were voted in». But it’s another funny part ‘cause everybody knows the politician lies and the lack of coherence in some of their promises.

Anyway, amid this critical and bogus air, Anderson achieves to show how some kinds of things reach their place for their weight and how the love of Gary and Alana can run to be next to each other in a dreamland place like was San Fernando Valley in the ’70s. All this without losing the feeling to fall in love with an amazing soundtrack. Please hear it and don´t forget to give play to our MIC Radio (Here).

By Tim Holden.

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