“La La Land” Review ✦✦✦✦✦

12 January, 2017

Director: Damien Chazelle
Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle
Director of Photography: Linus Sandgren
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Synopsis: An ambitious musician and a struggling actress cross paths one night, fuelling each other’s dreams but also putting a strain on their chance of a future together.

La La Land Review:

Cut from the same cloth as decades of classical cinema, “La La Land” fills every inch of the frame with its overpowering thirst for movies as it clicks to a new beat and taps to a new rhythm in the style of a lost art. Made to go above and beyond tradition, the film wraps its viewers the blissful haze of backlot theatrics, rendered in wonderful high definition as Damien Chazelle smashes his way through convention and expectation, revealing the gut-wrenching truth behind the Hollywood musical in a manner that’ll leave you utterly devastated while grinning from ear to ear.

Where the many of the oldies were made to shield viewers from reality, providing escapist entertainment in times of hardship and heartbreak by conjuring romance out of a hat and fashioning happy endings through striking dance routines, “La La Land” offers the same diversion tactics alongside harsh lessons about love and happiness. Chazelle finds fulfilment in honesty and bittersweet pastiche as his wonderfully self-indulgent ideas allow him to focus wholeheartedly on an already iconic on-screen couple. Well on their way to becoming the next Fred and Ginger, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone share the screen together for the third time and they are perfectly cast as the striking twosome who carry the weight of the entire film.

Constructed around a universally relatable message, “La La Land” shows us that life can be painful, complicated, and demanding and yet it’s always beautiful in passing moments. Where dreams evaporate and passion diminishes there’s always something waiting on the other side; a new venture, a new kiss, a whole new life waiting to happen. Underscoring this message as delicately as possible, Chazelle ends his film on a glance, a shared moment between two individuals on different paths. It’s an entire conversation played out without words, a moment spent asking “Should I stay?” to which the answer is always “Do what you know feels right.”


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