Damien Chazelle

La La Land

#THE GIST

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

#comedy     #drama     #musical     #romance    

#REVIEWS

@Jari

I've been highly anticipating Damien Chazelle's next movie ever since I saw "Whiplash", one of my favourite movies of 2014. Although I have to admit I am not really a fan of musicals or romantically tinted movies, I still went into "La La Land" with high hopes. Surprised as I was, it exceeded all my expectations as it is now one of my all time favourite romance movies. The amazing performances of the entire cast and especially from the two lead actors, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone made the romance feel even more real. You could actually believe those two being together, which is a rarity in the romance genre as of late. While the story is not original by any means, it is still good enough for you to care about the characters. Lastly, a musical must have good songs and "La la land" delivered on this as well. Every song has a purpose and does not feel out of place in the story. In the end, I would definitely recommend watching "La la land" even if you are not a fan of the genre.

#masterpiece 5.0

@Liam

I heard a lot of good things about "La La Land" before I got the chance to see it so my expectations for this modern musical were high and I am glad to say it certainly met my expectations. In general I like a good musical and "La La Land" is probably going to end up being one of my all time favorite musicals. It is nice to see a "singing in the rain" type of musical with a well-written story that touches some of the real life struggles many of us will encounter or have encountered in their lives. Story isn't always the main focus in a musical but I am happy to see director and writer Damien Chazelle put a lot of effort into it. Of course, it is not all about the story as a musical should also contain good performances, great choreography and awesome music and all of these can be checked off here. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone put up an amazing performance of both acting, dancing and singing. The choreography is very well thought out and the music is both catchy and relevant. Overall I would recommend "La La Land" to everyone (except if you really despise musicals).

#masterpiece 5.0

@Conclusion

Damien Chazelle hits yet another homerun with his latest movie "La La Land". This time around we get a musical the like of which we have not seen since the glory days of the genre back in the 50s. All the actors put up one hell of a job with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone really stealing the show throughout the film. Their portrayal of 2 people trying to live their dream is heartwarming and feels real. Combine this with great chemistry and you get an honest and genuine romance. In our separate reviews we somewhat disagree on the story side of the movie, but our consensus is that it is fairly straight forward yet interesting for the most part and definitely rises above most other musicals where the story is pushed to the side a little. Of course there is no musical without songs and all the tunes we get to hear in "La La Land" are catchy and fit perfectly with the story. It is great to see the music takes an active role in the story and some will even get stuck in your head for what feels like an eternity (in a good way). Lastly, we want to emphasize the amazing choreography and cinematography that Damien and his crew have given us. It is truly a sight to behold. Overall, we would recommend "La La Land" to everybody. Even if you are not much of a musical fan, try giving it a shot.

#masterpiece 5.0