From director Damien Chazelle, who directed and wrote the amazing film ‘Whiplash’, comes a musical that reconnects you to the feel and spirit of classical musical motion pictures. ‘La La Land’ is that film, filled with high octane energy, affectionate passion and jaw dropping musical numbers that shows true beauty and poetic love.
In modern day Los Angeles, Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) share a common trait, they both have a dream, however how different their dreams are. Mia is a struggling actress who works part time at a coffee shop. Sebastian is an affectionate musician with an ear for Jazz.
It shows Chazelle has a tremendous passion in music from 2014’s masterpiece ‘Whiplash’, however his love for music continues in a tap toe beat musical extravaganza in ‘La La Land’ to various degrees of success. There’s not a song that sings a wrong tune, it’s very rare you get a musical film where all the songs are amazing that it’s hard for me to call out a stand-out number, but one that does sing out to me is “Another Day of Sun”, filmed in one shot with amazing choreography and amazing track to boost that just lifts your spirits and makes you want to burst out dancing in the isles. “A Lovely Night” shows off-fancy foot work with Stone and Gosling’s tap dancing that looks effortless, but I’m sure a lot of rehearsals went into make this number work with delight, all filmed in one shot (yet again). However, the song works with the film’s two leading duos character development and moves the story along with tremendous pace. While “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream” show off the more emotional side of their characters respectively.
Stone and Gosling work well off one another, while that said this film is their third effort together, from the romantic-comedy ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ to the more action crime thriller with ‘Gangster Squad’, they are bound to have chemistry. However, they bring solid performances to their characters, with Stone being one of her best acting performance ever. They bring raw emotion to their roles, and yet keep the fun that this film often focuses on. But what this film does perfectly is showing both sides of the fantasy side and the reality side of being in show business (one that I can get behind with).
Make no mistake, ‘La La Land’ is one of the best films of the year and one that surely can’t be missed at the theatres as original films like these don’t come across that often. One of the best movie-going experiences I’ve had in a long time.
‘La La Land’ is a dazzling musical showstopper that reads like visual poetry.