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Revue of THE BOUNCE BACK

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Producer(s) : Ray Brown, Amir Delara, Youssef Delara, Victor Teran

Main Cast :  Shemar Moore, Nadine Velazquez, Bill Bellamy, Sheryl Underwood and Vanessa Bell

Genre : Romance/Comedy

Release Date : December 9, 2016

Music Director : Reza Safinia

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Revue of THE BOUNCE BACK" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Shemar Moore is Matthew Taylor, a recently divorced dad whose bestselling Book “The Bounce Back” seeks to help people in broken relationships, well, bounce back. However, while on tour to promote his book, a therapist called Kristin Peralta (Nadine Velazquez) questions his methods and their love-hate relationship blossoms into romance which forces him to rethink his past relationships.

I don’t mean to be a male chauvinist but it is obvious from the plot of this movie that this is totally a chick flick made more obvious when I noticed that at the cinema, there were more women than guys. Also, the guys there with me obviously came under coercion from their female partners.

The plot isn’t one we haven’t seen before as with all romcoms, we see two incompatible people battling with their feelings for each other and inevitably ending up together. What makes such movies interesting is the process of ending up together despite all odds. The Bounce Back was no different because the outcome was predictable but the progression is what was most appealing.

Honestly, there really wasn’t anything particularly memorable about the movie, but there were a lot of oohs and aaahs from the female folk especially when Shemar Moore is shirtless. But his chemistry with Nadine Velazquez made will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Also, I think the soundtrack of the movie wasn’t half bad and I may just go get it so I can feel it properly.

This is another movie that was released ages ago but for some strange reason, has only just started showing in Nigerian cinemas so feel free to follow this link and get a ticket to go see this movie with your boo. She will thank you.

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Revue of SLEEPLESS

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Main Cast : Jaime Foxxx, Gabrielle Union, T.I, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney and Octavius J. Johnson

Genre : Action/Drama

Release Date : January 13, 2017

Awesome-o-metre : 5.0/10[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Visit the official site[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Watch Trailer" style="custom" custom_background="#ffbe49" custom_text="#0a0a0a" shape="square" align="left" css_animation="right-to-left" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLzWNDXwRbLY||target:%20_blank|"][vc_btn title="Book Tickets " style="custom" custom_background="#ffbe49" custom_text="#0a0a0a" shape="square" align="left" css_animation="right-to-left" link="url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nairabox.com%3A9123%2Fmovies%2Findex.html|||"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Revue of SLEEPLESS" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Jaime Foxx is Vincent Downs an undercover homicide cop in Las Vegas trying to crack a drug cartel involving a lot of dirty cops. However, when his son is kidnapped by the drug dealers, it becomes personal and they must feel his wrath.

This movie has been out for quite a while and I am not sure why it only just got to Nigerian Cinemas last week, however, it’s not like there was much that we missed. I say this because the movie wasn’t anything spectacular. Even by reading the synopsis, you can guess that the plot is not an unusual one but it is one that we have seen time and time again. Furthermore, the plot was riddled with a lot of contradictions which though not so fundamental, still had a negative impact on the overall feel of the movie.

For a movie with a rudimentary plot, the only way to stand out is by infusing a lot of action sequences to give the audience something to cheer about. The movie tried to do this but it did fall short of expectations. The producers choose to employ the lazy shaky Cam and jump cut sequences to give us the illusion of a high-octane action scene but sadly we could see through it.

I think the idea of this movie was just for Jaime Foxx to have something to do to keep him within our line of sight until he has another big project to do. Also, I am not sure why Gabrielle Union was in the movie but I think she also didn’t have stuff to do and this also goes for T.I. I guess the idea was just to throw in as much star power to gloss over a rather average movie.

Anyways, the movie isn’t half bad but it isn’t one that we will remember afterwards. It’s one of those movies you can file in your “I have watched it” section of your movie library. But you can still go see it by clicking here to see it at the cinema.

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Revue of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Main Cast : Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Ian Mckellen

Genre : Romance/Fantasy/Drama

Release Date : March 17, 2017

Music Director : Alan Menken

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Revue of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]This live action remake of the 1991 animated feature of same title is about Belle (Emma Watson) a beautiful and independent girl who is held captive in a castle by a beast (Dan Stevens) but despite her peril she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and eventually the beast himself.

I haven't always liked the ideology behind the Beauty and the Beast story. I always see it as how fickle a woman can be. “No matter how a man looks, as long as he is rich and can give a woman what she wants, she'll fall for him”. Afterall Belle loved books and the Beast did give her books...lots of books!.

I don't want to go into the story of the movie as we all know it, a spell was cast on a prince who was without love turning him into a gruesome beast...the sorceress then gave him a red rose and told him that by the time the last petal falls, if he has not found someone to love and who will love him in return, he will remain a beast forever.

The movie itself was lovely, I use the word 'lovely' very carefully because that is what it was; not amazing or scintillating just 'Lovely'. I had a smile on my face throughout except when I was laughing really hard. There was a lot of humour in the movie. The Candle, the clock, Mrs Pots, Gaston and Lafou (I love Josh Gad!!).

The acting was okay, the effects were okay. I expected much more though, it seemed the movie was kind of forced; as though they tried too hard. Emma as Belle didn’t really impress me at all….she wasn’t as princessy, because I recall Belle to be a very dreamy young woman who lived in her books. I wished they had used a fresh young face….someone new to portray Belle.

The Beast came off as almost handsome in some scenes (probably trying to make him more lovable). Oh! and the singing wasn’t half bad.

Altogether I give the movie 6/10…It was good but not good enough but I am sure Disney is going to make a truck load of money. We should all see it (it’s Beauty and the Beast afterall). You can get your tickets by clicking here and saving yourself the hassle of joining a queue.

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Revue of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

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Producer : Marc Platt

Cast : Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Édgar Ramírez, Lisa Kudrow

Genre : Thriller/Drama

Release Date : 23 December, 2016

Music Director :  Danny Elfman

Awesome-o-metre : 7.6/10[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Visit the official site[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source="post_title" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Emily Blunt is Rachel a recently divorced alcoholic who spends her days riding the train past her former house envious of the seemingly perfect couple who live there but one day, she sees something that entangles her in a murder mystery.

Ever had that feeling where you saw something and then after thinking about it, you are no longer sure that’s what you saw? Excluding when you smoke weed, have you ever seen something you could swear was real discover it was all a dream? That’s exactly what happened to Rachel because in her drunken state she kept having blackouts and seeing things.

Emily’s acting was spectacular because her portrayal of a crazy girl who was always wasted and out of her mind was very believable. When the movie started, we didn’t care about her much but as the movie progressed, she somehow managed to warm her way into our hearts and evoke compassion for her situation.

I must warn you however, that you will need to be patient and attentive when watching this film because you could miss one bit of information and get lost. Also, there was a lot of flash backs so you will need to keep up with the time lines and listen to the dialogue. At first it may seem like there was nothing happening but just be patient because at the end, everything is explained.

This movie further confirms my position that it is not everything you see that you talk. Sometimes (most times actually) it’s best to just shut up, face front and waka pass. If Rachel had just jejely sat in her house and mind her business, life will just go on in peace, but No, she had to talk and enter “One Chance”.

I will admit I haven’t read the book, but I am going to go out and look for it because from the movie, it seems like it will make a good read. The Girl On The Train is very good mystery and garners a 7.6/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre

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Revue of PATRIOTS DAY

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="2181" img_size="full" el_class="mgn-bag-img"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Director :  Peter Berg

Producer : Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Hutch Parker, Dorothy Aufiero, Stephen Stapinski, Michael Radutzky

Cast : Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J. K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan

Genre : Drama

Release Date : 23 December, 2016

Music Director : Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Awesome-o-metre : 5.6/10[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Visit the official site[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source="post_title" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Chronicling the events of April 15, 2013 when twin bombs hit the Boston city marathon, Police Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) and the FBI start a manhunt to catch the perpetrators and foil another attack.

The producers of this film had a potential goldmine in this story because the tragedy was one that resonated around the world and got American and indeed the entire world behind the city of Boston. Sadly, however, they somehow managed to scuff it. There wasn’t anything new in the movie as it just told us the same things that we already knew and even the attempt to include a backstory of some of the victims seemed forced and lacked convergence with the movie as a whole.

I noticed that the producers did quite some research on the victims and the back stories but I feel they could have done some more. However, it is possible that the movie wasn’t as moving as it should have been because of the lack of suspense as opposed to a real terrorist attack which strikes out of the blue. I must say though that the shaky cam style and the phone footage did manage to convey to the audience some degree of connection and immersion.

Mark Wahlberg interpreted his role fairly well but it was not an exceptional performance because it felt like I was watching Deepwater Horizon over again. My favorite character was the Asian guy who reported his stolen car that abetted the capture of the terrorists because his accent was just hilarious.

Generally, the movie was a good tribute to the victims of the blast and it demonstrates that the human spirit is defiant and resolute in the face of adversity. The reel at the conclusion of the movie where the real victims portrayed in the movie spoke about the incident was deeply moving and showed us that the victims of the blast are the true heroes. The movie earns a respectable 5.6/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre

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Revue of MOONLIGHT

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Producer : Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Cast : Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali

Genre : Drama

Release Date : 21 October, 2016

Music Director :  Nicholas Britell

Awesome-o-metre : 6.8/10[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Visit the official site[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source="post_title" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]This tale of self-discovery is centered on Chiron, an African American who is struggling to understand himself and his sexuality. It is a story of how he struggles with his sexuality while navigating the tough life of the streets and the abuse of his homophobic friends and junkie single mother (Naomie Harris).

Moonlight has been nominated for a retinue of awards (including 8 Oscars) and that got me curious to find out why. I had not seen a trailer or a synopsis on the movie so I basically I went in blind with no inkling of what the film was about. So when the movie started with thugs and gangsters in the hood, I quickly thought it was going to be one of those movies about racism…I couldn’t be more wrong.

A movie about a gay African American is not a story I had ever seen (or contemplated) so I couldn’t predict where this one was going. It turned out to be an intense and moving story about a guy who felt out of place in the society. The story was spun in a poetic manner that will reverberate with a lot of people who feel misunderstood and will evoke powerful emotions in the audience.

That being said, I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie and this isn’t because of the gay theme of the movie, but because it just wasn’t that entertaining. The cast gave a really great performance though and the portrayal of Chiron’s struggles was quite profound.

The thing about such movies is that they split audiences because there would be people who can relate and those who are put off. For me I am kind of on the fence about it because I wasn’t that entertained. Consequently, Moonlight earns 6.8/10 score on my awesome-o-metre, largely due to the performance of the cast.

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Revue of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

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Producer : Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Kevin J. Walsh, Lauren Beck

Cast : Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol, Lucas Hedges

Genre : Drama

Release Date : 18 November, 2016

Music Director : Lesley Barber

Awesome-o-metre : 8.0/10[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Visit the official site[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source="post_title" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Casey Affleck is Lee Chandler, a brooding handyman who gets a call one morning that his elder brother has passed on. While trying to come to terms with his loss, he is informed that he has been appointed as the guardian of his brother’s 16-year-old son, and things never remained the same.

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, this is the movie that catapults Casey into the big league. His performance as a brooding melancholic handyman was extraordinary. Many people will not understand how difficult it is to pull off being a character that says little and in the little that he says, so much bitterness is expressed.  In the real world, we see a lot of people who are bitter, cold and unresponsive and we characterize them as snubs without understanding what they have been through, or going through. I have been guilty of that and it is something I struggle with but I try not to be judgmental and just accept everyone as they are…expect its pretty obvious that the person is just being an ass (a hoofed mammal of the horse family).

There was one peculiar thing about this movie and that has got to do with the way it was edited. The transition between scenes were by jump cuts, which were really abrupt and kinda weird but somehow appealed to me because this editing style allowed them to introduce flashbacks which though disruptive, gave the movie body.

To make the movie even eerier, there was little or no background music. There was just this unnerving silence that is interrupted by humming and even when there was music, there was just a piano and some strings which gave a foreboding of even more tragedy ahead.

That being said, if you aren’t really into deep movies and you just want to be entertained, then this is not the movie for you. There were times when the movie just kept stretching and you couldn’t see where it was heading.

Manchester by the Sea is a pretty good movie and is nominated for a lot of awards basically because of Casey’s acting and ramps an 8.0/10 score on my awesome-o-metre.

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Revue of LIVE BY NIGHT

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="2170" el_class="mgn-bag-img"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Director :  Ben Affleck

Producer : Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd

Cast : Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper

Genre : Crime/Drama

Release Date : 25 December, 2016

Music Director : Harry Gregson-Williams

Awesome-o-metre :[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Visit the official site[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source="post_title" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Following his directorial success of Argo, Ben Affleck directs and stars in this movie set in Boston during the prohibition as Joe Coughlin a gangster who turned his back on his strict upbringing to a life of crime and smuggling where  he goes up against rival completion, the KK and of course, the law.

Argo was a huge success and Affleck’s intention was to build on that success by directing a deep thriller but sadly this one doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. For one, the character of Joe Coughlin lacked any real charisma and there is this constant feeling that the movie isn’t delivering any real oomph. Maybe it’s just me but I am getting tired of Affleck’s acting style. I think it’s time to show some real versatility and be something different? Joe’s character aside, even the other characters are shallow. Let’s take Zoe Saldana’s character as Graciella Corrales a Cuban rum lord- a role that held so much promise but is somehow relegated to a peripheral afterthought.

However, the movie wasn’t all bad. I particularly enjoyed the rival gang shootout scene. I also enjoyed the car chase between the cops and the escaping bandits because of the ancient cars used which they somehow managed to maneuver like modern vehicles. Another thing I liked was the details in recreating the 1920’s. It was really in-depth and detailed.

One thing I did take away from this movie is that you cannot collect a mobster’s woman and expect to live a happy life…it’s just not possible. Talking about women, Affleck’s character understood that a woman’s heart is as deep as an ocean with no bottom. He learnt that a woman can lie in your bed telling you how much she loves you while plotting your death. I am sure Soma from Big Brother Nigeria can testify to this.

Ben Affleck’s intention was to create a gangster thriller in the mold of Godfather and maybe snatch an Oscar but due to the poor character development will not allow it to be great. Ben Affleck is no doubt a great director exemplified by the car chases and the hotel shoot out but is he an outstanding actor? I have my doubts, so I think it’s best if he just sticks to his directors chair for a while.

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Revue of LION

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Producer : Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman

Cast : Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman

Genre : Romance/Comedy

Release Date : 24 November 2016

Music Director :  Hauschka, Dustin O'Halloran

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source="post_title" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]This Australian film follows the true life story of Saroo a 5 year old Indian boy who gets lost on a train that takes him far away from his home and he is adopted from a foster home by an Australian couple. 25 years after, he is overcome with nostalgia to see his biological mother and siblings and conscripts Google earth to locate his real home.

Getting lost at a young age is one hell of a scary situation to be in because you are suddenly thrust into an unknown environment and with no familiar faces. I remember one time when I was a kid and went shopping with my mum at the Jos Main Market and getting lost, I was scared to death and the familiar sight of my mum looking for me was the best sight…that is until a slap distorted my sight and memory. What I am trying to say is that getting lost in the big city and being separated from family is a traumatic experience and this movie managed to highlight the dangers of a kid getting lost.

The real fascinating thing about this film for me was its simplicity. There were no intricate shots or camera angles or exceptional acting but it was just a simple plot telling a simple story shot in a simple way. Upon further investigation I discovered that it was Garth Davis directorial debut which made it all the more impressive as his style isn’t polluted with all the over complications of modern films. However, I must warn that this style doesn’t suit all types of movies and I hope he can evolve while staying true to this style.

However, I could not shake the feeling that this was one big marketing campaign for Google Earth. But upon investigation, I found out it was to aid a campaign for missing kids in India because apparently millions of kids go missing there and are never found again which is a very sad situation and the authorities and the world need to pay close attention to this.

The conclusion of the movie is one to rip your emotions to shreds and you would be excused for shedding a tear or two. I had chills on my arms when I saw the footage of the characters portrayed in the film. It was all in all a good movie and I am really happy that it’s been winning awards and even nominated for an Oscar.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="Videos"][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="WATCH OFFICIAL TRAILER HERE" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_video link="Aug 25, 2016 - Uploaded by Movieclips Trailers" el_width="70"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="35px"][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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Revue of La La Land

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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

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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.

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