‘Not Oscar Bait, but a really well-made, highly enjoyable film.’
If I saw La La Land in 2016 when it came out it would have made my best of the year list. Unfortunately I missed it but it would be sitting at 4. I thoroughly enjoyed La La Land; it is fantastically acted, amazingly shot, incredibly choreographed and brilliantly directed. This romantic musical is about an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a Jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and their romance that follows through this Hollywood love story.
I am not normally one for musicals but I was sucked right into this movie. From the amazing opening sequence to the way the music fits into the story, the movie feels like a throw back to old Hollywood with Fred Astaire Ginger Rodgers style dance numbers. Director Damien Chazelle does an amazing job incorporating the dance routines into the film to where it does feel like classic cinema, with an incredible dance routine at the Griffith Observatory where the characters begin to dance across the night sky.
Something that concerned me with the movie was the over romanticizing with Hollywood that can occur in these types of films. They often gloss over what it takes to succeed and the struggles of moving to Hollywood and Los Angeles. La La Land can feel that it brushes over the struggles of aspiring artists at times but ultimately the finale brings it full circle in an ending I did not appreciate at first but upon reflecting I believe it is extremely clever and respectful.
A side from this being a well-made film, the acting in this film is phenomenal. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling deserve the awards that they won, as they were both incredible as actors, singers and dancers. They have amazing chemistry together that was shown in Crazy, Stupid Love but it was elevated in this movie. They are incredibly captivating to watch, drawing the audience into their relationship and making the final scenes of the film so much more impressive due to the fact the audience cares so much about them.
This is easily one of the best movies of 2016. It is a great film that was not made to just win awards like many movies that come out at this time of the year. It does feel like a love letter to old Hollywood but it was so tastefully done that it is not a draw back. Damien Chazelle has done an incredible job with this romantic musical that has great music and dancing numbers that do not take the audience out of the movie. Even if you are not the biggest fan of musicals, of which I am not, you can still have a great time with this phenomenal film. One note to potential views is that La La Land is a musical with spoken word and acting, not just singing for the full film.
La La Land scored a HD with 90%
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