10 Feb La La Land – Film Review
[bs_lead]The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Seb (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician. The pair struggle to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams. The film explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight.[/bs_lead]
Mia bounces from audition to audition, while Seb recovers from spending his last penny trying and failing to open his own jazz club. Writer-Director, Damian Chazelle plays out their love affair in the land of hopes and dreams, Los Angeles. La La Land is a reminder of the worlds obsession with Hollywood and fame. Yet, it’s also a message for struggling artists—if you want to succeed, you’ll need to work hard and sacrifice. A message that’s relevant for anyone struggling to make their dreams come true.
With primary-colours, toe tapping tunes, and dream-chasing optimism, La La Land is a tribute to classic and modern musicals. From an opening act with the heart of Fame (1980), to a tap dance scene reminiscent of Top Hat (1935), the film continually delivers on the genre conventions. Stone and Gosling aren’t known for their singing and dancing talents. Nevertheless, their natural ability to belt out a tune and move to music, gives their routines a genuine charm. The two actors, who played love interests in the film Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), have an undeniable onscreen chemistry that cements the appeal of this film.
Accolades and awards have been poured on the film since its release last year. With 7 Golden Globe wins and 14 Oscar nominations this year, the film is definitely winning with the critics. Nonetheless, audience wise it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you like musicals, a good love story, and films about dreaming big, then you will love La La Land. However, if you’re not so inclined, then you might be disappointed
Just as Chazelle’s Whiplash was intense, La La Land, especially in its first half, is pure fun. Anchored by a score of great new songs, the film is funny, romantic, and charming.