Cert: 12A Runtime: 128 mins Director: Damien Chazelle Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno and J.K Simmons
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La La Land the film everyone is talking about! Major Golden Globe winner, Bafta multi nominee and a probable Oscar winner. Is La La Land all it’s hyped up to be? With the seasoned combination of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling leading the film and the talented Damien Chazelle behind the lens surely it’s the movie for us? Big question what is it all about? In contemporary Los Angeles, coffee shop worker Mia (Emma Stone) aspires to escape her humdrum reality and become a celebrated playwright. Meanwhile across town, musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) refuses to give up on his dream of owning his own jazz club. When these two opposites meet, magic is made and a sweet relationship develops – but the course of true love refuses to run smooth. Can they make it last?
‘La La Land’ is a true musical ride. Chazelle’s Direction is fantastic & there’s no doubt on that. While his Writing lacks perfection, his Direction is superior at all times. ‘La La Land’ is a visual spectacle with soul & Chazelle’s true skill as a storyteller, comes to the front. Justin Hurwitz’s Score is enchanting. ‘La La Land’ is a true musical ride, Art & Costume Design are marvellous. Emma Stone, fearless & relentless, emerges a big winner here, delivering a performance that comes straight from the heart. She beautifully conveys her dreams of being an actress, who sadly hasn’t gotten a chance to shine.Ryan Gosling (not the best singer), on the other-hand, is nicely understated as the jazz musician, who’d never let his passion be bygone, even though its nearly dead. Gosling expresses with ease & his approach to love, is real. Also, the on-screen chemistry between Stone & Gosling, is infectious!
Chazelle’s world works, even when its not being a musical. Yes, the love-story between its leading characters is warm & believable. You watch & later explore these two people in love & how their dreams come their ways. ‘La La Land’ is a love-story for sure, but it also indulges in themes like life itself & how dreams cannot be compromised, even when they damage relationships, at times. Chazelle treats the narrative with realism all through the first-hour. Chazelle’s Screenplay takes risks & adds extravagant musical numbers & drama, & makes them come together, but he seems to have given in to clichés & a lackluster middle-point. I wasn’t impressed by the sub-plot nor by the difference of opinion the couple get into there after. Chazelle’s Screenplay picks up again & the culmination is affecting. How I wish he dared to add something more, rather than adding a turn, we’ve experienced an umpteen number of times in such stories. Award Season Behemoth that needs to be witnessed!