La La Land
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Damien Chazelle’s award-winning musical may feel like a throwback to the classic Hollywood era of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, but underneath it’s an ode to all the hardworking artists and dreamers in the City of Angels. After all – is there anything more quintessentially LA than a traffic-jam meet cute? That’s how things kick off between Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a struggling jazz pianist, and Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress. Though they aren’t exactly lost in each other’s charms at first (they apparently didn’t get the memo about how they are literally played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, a one-two punch of charm), they eventually bond over their respective passions as artists. As their relationship progresses, so too do the compromises and hardships they face in their careers. Their love story may be set to grand single-take dance sequences and original songs, but the struggles they face have no guarantee of that happy Hollywood ending. La La Land also stars J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, and musician John Legend. The film went on to win six Oscars, including Best Actress for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle – despite the fact that Chazelle himself struggled for years to get financing for the film. It wasn’t until he found success with 2014’s Whiplash, which also took home several Oscars, that he was able to drum up interest in producing La La Land.
- Ryan Gosling
- Emma Stone
- John Legend
- Rosemarie DeWitt
- J.K. Simmons
- Finn Wittrock
- Meagan Fay
- Callie Hernandez
- Sonoya Mizuno
- Jessica Rothe
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Definitely a must see and a clear contender for the Best Picture Oscar. Made me fall in love with my city of LA all over again.
Best Movie of 2016. Everything from the acting, directing, songs, score, dialogue, cinematography, production/costume design, and sound is just top notch. Even if your not a fan of musicals or slow pacing, this is still an absolute must see!!! 10/10!!!
For all its borrowing and bricolage, La La Land never feels like a backward-looking or unoriginal work. Even when not every one of its risks pays off the way that first song does, this movie is bold, vital, funny, and alive.
With infectious enthusiasm, charismatic leads, gorgeous songs, vibrant colors, and dazzling camerawork, La La Land restores the original movie musical to its former glory.
For Chazelle to be able to pull this off the way he has is something close to remarkable. The director's feel for a classic but, for all intents and purposes, discarded genre format is instinctive and intense.