Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Director: Damien Chazelle
‘La La Land’, the Oscar nominated director, Damien Chazelle’s second film is a beautiful, artistic musical that will sweep you off your dancing feet.
The movie starts with a classical musical piece, a highway filled with traffic and suddenly everyone breaks into song and it’s happy and energetic and all taken in one shot, this slowly transitions into our two main characters, as these two keep bumping into each other, when in rather annoying situations, they slowly start falling for each other.
Our main characters, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a passionate jazz pianist, in rather dignified clothes, very specific about being a traditionalist about what he listens to or plays; and Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress and playwright who, works as a barista and cuts work to go to every audition she possibly can. Both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give gratifying performances and melt your heart out. These two fall in love, after multiple song and dance sessions all beautifully composed by Justin Hurwitz.
Even though I loved it, there are still flaws in this film, the story is too classic and sometimes doesn’t follow any logic. The main characters aren’t given enough of a background story and in my opinion all characters, except the 2 lovebirds, weren’t developed at all.
The movie is shot in cinemascope, in 35mm and obviously, is very proud of its LA-ness, but the most amazing moment of this film is when at the end, Chazelle gives you a peek into what could’ve been.
All in all, if it setting a record for winning the most golden globes ever doesn’t convince you to see it, take my word, you need to watch this movie: it’s great, it has great music, it has great cinematography, it has great actors and it’s unapologetically clichéd.