La La Land (2016) – 4/5

Director Damien Chazelle, brings us a story that is not a masterpiece nor original in any way. It is in fact, following the same old, but perfect Hollywood formula, almost to point of sucking up to it. But if this movie is so painfully repetitive, how does Damien Chazelle manages to take our senses and feelings into such a warm and joyful ride? La La Land may be one of the most cliched movies you will ever see, but that does not take away how magical, passionate, and immersive it manages to be.

Directing: Damien Chazelle
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren
Screenplay: Damien Chazelle
Editing: Tom Cross
Music: Justin Hurwitz

There are doubts about La La Land’s contribution as a story, but there is definitely nothing to doubt about the brilliant acting of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. There is a beautiful chemistry that happens between these two main characters. Emma Stone shows us a side of her we did not know, she shows us the great actress we have always known she could be. And in those few moments, where she is able to go all out as an actress, she leaves us speechless.

The music is not just good, it is beautiful. What more can you expect from Justin Hurwitz, the mind behind the score of Whiplash? Key moments in the film are unforgettable thanks to the music score. This, along the production and costume design, set the heartwarming and magical tone of the movie, all through its devastating yet hopeful ending.

Thinking back on the film, it is impossible to understand how anyone can be so engrossed by a story like this, including myself. Luckily, there is so much more to a film than the story. Acting, cinematography, costume and production design, and music are just some of the main areas where Damien Chazelle manages to bring out this musical to the surface, captivating everyone’s attention, and making you forget about the fact that you’ve already seen this Hollywood story a thousand times.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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