In Review: La La Land

This year we welcome Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone back to the silver screen in a brand new, Jazz infested musical from the director of Whiplash. If their previous on-screen encounters with each other, such as Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) and Gangster Squad (2013) haven’t already proved that these two superstars are an on -screen match made in heaven then La La Land has just pounded the gavel and declared this case closed.

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La La Land is the story of Barista and struggling actress Mia who has come to Tinseltown with the hope of making it big. She aspires to be the next silver screen actress yet spends her days as a bystander, admiring professional actors from behind the checkout desk of the cafe on the Warner Bros lot and  squeezing in auditions in between shifts.

Sebastian is a talented yet struggling pianist who wants nothing more than to open his own Jazz club and inspire audiences to enjoy this dying music genre. But times are hard and as Sebastian can’t even keep a steady job, he has no choice but to play a set list of generic Christmas songs to an audience who aren’t in the least bit interested. Forced to bury his talent in order to make ends meet, Sebastian finds himself going from one job to another.

Mia and Sebastian are both at loose ends in their lives but one thing they know for certain  is that fate keeps bringing them together.

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La La Land is a story of love and support. A tale of two people following their dreams and the sacrifices they need to make to get to where they want to be. With original music from Justin Hurwitz and the backdrop of sunny Hollywood, La La Land takes us on an all singing, all dancing journey through The City of Stars.

Gosling and Stone’s performances radiate throughout the entire film, both offering their usual wit and charisma to these characters and making the audience believe in their relationship, though the entirety of the production couldn’t be any further out of touch with reality. You would believe that these characters were simply written for the actors and they have brought nothing but style and class to what could potentially have become just another big musical production at some points.

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There’s no denying that the film tries hard to be unique, tries hard to be something that we haven’t seen before and you can clearly tell that this film wants to be talked about and it’s worked. Maybe being try hard has worked in its favour as I can see this potentially becoming a favourite movie for many people.

With an appearance from music man John Legend and a small, yet memorable performance from J.K Simmons, this movie has more to offer than what you can see from the trailer. This comedy is a one year whirlwind, sprinkled with spontaneous musical numbers and tap dancing in streets.

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