La La Land

Certificate 12A

(2016) 128 mins

Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer: Damien Chazelle
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren
Production Design: David Wasco
Music: Justin Hurwitz

ABOUT

Destined to be famous forever as the film that didn’t win the Oscar, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.  From the official website

REVIEWS

Yes, it is easy to be cynical about a film that seems so perfectly constructed to play on our collective love of nostalgia. But Chazelle, teaming with composer Justin Hurwitz, editor Tom Cross, DP Linus Sandgren and the effortless charm machines known as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is not phoning it in here. This film might wear its heart on its sleeve, but it is technically slick, well-acted, and laced with ear-friendly tunes. It is, in short, a proper musical.”  Eye for Film

“This is career-best work from Stone, who gives a performance of remarkable expressiveness as she runs the gamut of emotion, displaying great strength, buoyant charisma, winning cheekiness and aching vulnerability – all, somehow, with the lightest of touches. While not quite her equal, Gosling complements her charmingly, with his self-deprecating twinkle getting ample employment. It’s the third time he and Stone have fallen in love on screen  and they have it down to an art – their chemistry fizzing and bubbling over like a school science project.”          Radio Times

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