La La Land

Director: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Release Date:  December 9, 2016

What’s it about?

A romantic musical that follows a struggling actress and an upcoming jazz pianist who fall in love and try to find a perfect balance between love and achieving one’s dreams. La La Land appeals to the the romantic in each one of us as it’s story line mirrors the tumultuous experience of falling in love – terrific highs and heart wrenching lows. It tops everything off with an interesting final sequence exploring what is, and what could have been.

What’s hot?

Gosling and Stone for the bill in this 50s style musical, charming the audience with their intense, multi-faceted performances and crackling chemistry. Damien Chazelle’s screenplay and Linus Sandgren’s cinematography are effective as ever in captivating the audience, particularly during the song sequences where several not-so-musically-inclined viewers tend to drift away. The soundtrack is memorable and plays a crucial role in making La La Land a unique production.

What’s not?

I loved La La Land, but I do realise it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s strongest assets – the numerous dreamy song and dance sequences – also make this a polarising movie. In addition, the conclusion has been widely criticised, with Gosling’s character, who is shown to be hopelessly in love, easily walks away from Stone.

I’d give this..

4.5 Stars – An excellent watch that is a departure from the rigmarole of the usual Hollywood romance.

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