Director : Damien Chazelle
Producer : Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Marc Platt
Cast : Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt
Genre : Musical/Drama
Release Date : 9 November 2016
Music Director : Justin Hurwitz
Awesome-o-metre : 8.3/10
Revue of La La Land
In this musical drama, Emma Stone is Mia, an aspiring actor who has a chance meet with Sebastian, a jazz pianist struggling to start up his own jazz club. These two L.A dreamers fall in love but their love is threatened by their passion for their respective arts.
I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of musicals, I have always been like that. I know I am going to get some stick for saying this, but as a kid I didn’t like “Sound of Music”. I could not understand why these people would just burst into song instead of kicking but like Rambo and Commando.
You see ehn, I am not one to join in bandwagonery (is that even a word?) by endorsing a movie simply because everyone said it was great and it’s nominated for plenty Oscars, but I will tell you this; La La Land was art. Agreed I am not be a fan of musicals but I recognize hard work and artistry when I see it. I can only imagine the countless hours of rehearsals of the singing and dance choreography but the end result was fantastic!
The characters of Mia & Sebastian shared some really nice chemistry and their singing wasn’t exceptional but it was decent. I am a jazz head, so the music was pleasing to me and John Legends rendition was splendid and the retro culture touch was the icing on the cake for old timers like me.
Other than the singing, I enjoyed the symmetry in the way the movie was shot. The scenes were shot in a way that balanced the actors and the LA backdrop and especially THAT sunrise scene made a dude feel all warm inside. The climax of the movie felt real, because we can all relate.
La La Land will tickle your musical bones and keep you swooning as you fall in love with the characters. You are not going to see a better musical in a while so it earns an 8.3/10 score on my awesome-o-metre.
Have yourself great day today!