Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza ★★★★

Alana Haim... welcome to the Academy Awards.

Well, I really adored this... with reservations? Maybe I just loved the acting and the biting critique of the rat-race that is Hollywood? Or maybe it's PTA's immaculate framing and lighting, his shooting on real film. The lost, fumbling protagonists and their relatable quest for self-authorization...

There are also some really bizarre elements here that feel like trolling? I wasn't quite sure what to make of the way Alana is written, especially considering the ending? I also have no clue what the Asian jokes add to the film, the ambiguity of the punchline really kind of sours the otherwise ephemeral glow.

I will be thinking of Alana in this movie. A knockout performance, one of the best of the year. Shoutout to Harriet Harris and Bradley Cooper who do more with three minutes of screen time than anyone in the history of cinema.

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