Director: Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is a playful, colorful, gorgeously shot, and well orchestrated film that hypnotizes it’s viewers into believing there is actual humor and depth in it. For such a joyous and colorful film that offers a handful of smiles, the film never manages to earn more than an occasional chuckle.
The film follows the romance of an aspiring actress named Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz enthusiast/pianist. We quickly learn about these characters’ jobs and dreams; then the film abandons any desire to add more dimensions to them. The only personality that can be gleamed is due to the personas that Stone and Gosling carry into the roles. Aside from a special first date at the Griffith Observatory and a roughly 30 second montage of more dates, the middle of the film hits a lull that does little to remind the audience why it should love the leads.
The style and class of the film will be too irresistible for most viewers. There is a lot to love and the film will strike a chord in romantics, creatives, and dreamers alike. Although it may miss the mark on a lot of notes, there is enough magic to be forgiven.
La La Land opened in select theaters on December 9th and expands to more theaters starting December 16th, 2016.
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