La La Land
4.5 / 5
IMDb Rating: 8.8
Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling.
Plot Summary: The plot follows a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles.
The most talked about film recently has been La La Land. The film has swept away all opposition at every award ceremony thus far, and is the runaway favourite to do the same at the Oscars next month. La La Land is the creative dream of Damien Chazelle, who was determined to bring a contemporary musical to the silver screen in a move that goes against the grain in regard to the bare musical genre of modern times. Billed as a modern Singin’ in the Rain, La La Land does not disappoint. Every aspect of this film is wonderful, the acting, the songs, the script, the cinematography. Chazelle’s creation is exceptional. I would go to say that this could go on to be a modern-day classic that will endure throughout the decades in a similar way that the twentieth century musicals have become timeless classics.
Emma Stone is everything the audience would want from a leading actress; beautiful, funny and with a sense of normality about her. Her singing was impressive. And her dancing was equally good. The duet “City of Stars” between her and Gosling, which should win Best Original Song at the Oscars, is absolutely wonderful, and Stone’s part in this duet demonstrated her brilliant, brilliant voice.
P. S. “A Lovely Night” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” are two other incredible songs that are sure to be loved by generations of musical lovers.
Ryan Gosling. Where do we start? His piano playing was probably one of the highlights of the film, not just the shock value of having a relative novice who had learned to play the piano for the role playing so brilliantly, but the fact that his piano playing, especially the jazz songs, were extraordinarily well played. His singing was another area where I don’t recall him having much experience with either, but here we are again, being surprised and taken aback with how well he can hold a note.
Stone and Gosling’s singing and dancing is by no means perfect, but that is what makes La La Land so wonderful. Chazelle could have easily had cast two actors who could sing, dance and play the piano much better than Stone and Gosling, but the fact that the pair are not flawless, gives the film an air of believably, and the fact that these imperfect individuals that are playing equally imperfect characters can create a ‘perfect’ film.
Of the films that are released in 2017, La La Land will probably be the main film that develops a classic status, due to the perfect nature of the story. The ending is breathtaking, and it stands apart from the traditional musicals of the previous century. Stone and Gosling will long be remembered for their respective roles, the songs will be sung by millions, and the film will become a film that will be put on everyone’s bucket list of films that they have to watch. La La Land is simply a beautiful film, about two people trying to achieve their dreams, two people dealing with complexities of love, and when these two people cross each other’s path.
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