Movie review : La La Land


La La Land is the biggest, brightest, singingest, dancingest musical the world has seen in a very long time. The story of aspiring actress Mia (Stone) who falls for jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling) is the stuff of musical fan fantasies.

I am not a fan of musicals so all of you who are fans of the genre should stop reading now. I will wait.

Okay ….

So the movie production and attention to detail was spectacular! It was wonderfully choreographed with huge dance numbers, bright and bold costuming and lots of original music that managed to bridge the gap between old style musical and modern contemporary. It’s what the interwebs tell me the Director wanted and he nailed it.

The entire movie was bright and bold and completely in your face. It had its quieter moments, mostly to do with Seb and the jazz thing but by the 1 hour mark, I was ready for it to stop. The story was dragging out, I am sure just so they could fit in more singing and dancing.

Stone and Gosling were brilliant in their roles. Emma Stone was unapologetically Emma Stone. I love her and like the rest of the world, think she is adorable. She is a fine actress and worthy of the accolades she receives but Best Actress for this? Hmmmm

Gosling, on the other hand, can do so much better. He is also a fine actor, one of his generation’s best, but I much prefer his emotionally tortured Dean in Blue Valentine or the creepy little prick Richard in Murder by Numbers. Again with the Best Actor nods *sighs*

Having said all that, I can see why this movie is adored by so many and for that, I am willing to give a great deal of leeway. But the genre is just not on any of my preferred viewing lists and thus colours my opinion. So I will give it 3 stars because I can appreciate the work, time, effort, blood, sweat and tears that have gone into this production. I just didn’t like it.

3 stars

Love Sue-Ellen xx


Director : Damien Chazelle

Starring : Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, Jason Fuchs, Finn Wittrock, Meagen Fay

Running Time : 128 minute

Release Date :  In Cinemas Now

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