La La Land
If you are somebody who is dreading the idea of watching a muscial but does like some good old rom com and enjoys Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling on-screen together - I can only recommend to watch this film. It will be worth your time.
Acting
Directing
Cinematography
Script
Timeless
The Good
  • Gosling and Stone is just a winning formula
  • Story, music and comedy elements in perfect balance
  • Great finale
The Bad
  • Somewhat cliche love story
4.3Overall Score
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I will be honest – when hearing that the top Oscar contender of this year is a Musical and thus I would have to go to the theater to watch a movie with non-stop singing, I was not super psyched. But then there were two elements which made me reconsider and think that it may actually be more enjoyable than I think:

  1. Damian Chapelle – after Whiplash I am certain that this director is capable of basically making any movie great.
  2. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling – after Crazy Stupid Love, I would watch any movie with these two actors, their chemistry is beyond amazing and it is just a joy to watch them together on-screen.
Courtesy of http://variety.com

Courtesy of http://variety.com

And in fact, all my expectations were met and actually even exceeded. Quite frankly, the opening of the movie reinvigorated my fear of this film being too “musical” – there is a highway, there are cars and all of a sudden, people start singing and dancing just like in a musical. But then the movie gives the audience also a real story – of course it is somewhat of a clichee hollywood romance but entertaining nonetheless. And from start to finish, I wasn’t bored once and that was mostly due to the fabulous performances by Gosling and Stone who carry the film and the audience. Again (as in my favorite rom com Crazy Stupid Love), there screen chemistry is so good that one wonders why they are not a couple in real life (probably then their screen chemistry would be more like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez). In the package of your typical hollywood love story, the film actually packages an interesting story about the price one may have to pay to follow their dream. That in fact also made the movie stand out from almost every other Hollywood romance – it defies the meaning of what a happy ending may actually mean and/or entail.

The other elements of the film which I really enjoyed were the comedic set pieces mostly brought to you so charmfully by Ryan Gosling – as he is this naive dreamer in the early parts of the film who has to perform with bands or gigs he totally does not stand but does it for the money are so wonderfully awkward and can probably only be transported in such a way by Ryan Gosling. And well, there is music – lots of music – but not so much to be annoying. The musical elements were sprinkled into the movie in a really beautiful way; dancing, slow-dance, tap-dance and bad ass concert keyboard performances. My assumption is that all the singing was done by the actors and if so – my hats off to both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. In addition to solid acting performances, they delivered some solid musical and dancing performances on top. And believe me, it is catchy – two days have passed and I still catch myself whistling the melody.

So if you are somebody who is dreading the idea of watching a muscial but does like some good old rom com and enjoys Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling on-screen together – I can only recommend to watch this film. It will be worth your time.

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