The pair share an undeniable chemistry and I would love to see them both get the recognition they deserve come awards season. With La La Land, Chazelle has made an irresistible musical comedy-drama that serves up a real delight for the eyes and ears. Its the apotheosis of junk food, finally. The gorgeous cinematography from Linus Sandgren brings the city of Los Angeles to life, awash with colour, while his swift camera-work, including some impressive long takes, in particular through the dance numbers, immerses the audience right in the middle of this dreamlike musical. Gosling has really grown on me as an actor, maturing into one of the best in the business today. The most striking thing about La La Land is just how beautifully crafted a film it is; the story, performances, music, dance numbers and cinematography all playing their part in making this such an unforgettable cinematic experience.
I dare you to try and not fall in love with La La Land. Mia Dolan Emma Stone is an aspiring actress serving coffees to film stars while Sebastian Wilder Ryan Gosling is a jazz pianist playing a small time bar to make ends meet. Story Line: Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority — an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind. And hey ho and guess what, it got Oscars. Stuffed with algorithms culled from proper movies and musicals, the computer has generated a script and a set of scenarios based on user-preference and targeted directly at my very own demographic! I had that feeling with La La Land, the new film from Damien Chazelle, who blew us all away with Whiplash a few years ago. The arrival of a so-called sister, alongside her attractive boyfriend, compel Martina to go to Chile with one objective in mind: getting back her libido.
Chazelle proves yet again just how mature he is for such a young filmmaker, writing and directing such a touching and often funny love story with a meticulous energy. In 1915, Eli and Pete are forced to work together to deal with a new enemy. The whole feel of the film is a throwback to the golden age of musicals, a decision a lot of filmmakers would have been too scared to make yet the pay off is massively satisfying. 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. Coming to the performances, La La Land features two superb lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, both giving arguably their best performance to date.
With modern-day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight. He proved earlier this year that he has a knack for comedy in The Nice Guys and he proves it yet again here. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that 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. What has been thrown, hurled and heaved at this film is Oscar-seeking acting, Oscar-seeking direction and Oscar-seeking technical twiddling. . What I mean is that after the first 5 minutes the unpleasant sensation crawled over me that I was participating in a rather sinister experiment, watching a movie made by a computer which was testing me by attempting to provoke a human-like response.
Written by Eirini Reviews: A film that fails the Turing test — in reverse. The story of aspiring actress Mia and dedicated jazz musician Sebastian, who struggle to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. Stone always manages to impress me and she is dazzling in La La Land, singing and dancing her way into our hearts. . . .
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