Monday, 13 February 2017

La La Land Review

La La Land

Release Date: 12th January 2017 - Australia

Production Companies 
Summit Entertainment
Black Label Media
TIK Films Limited
Gilbert Films
Marc Platt Productions


Genre: Musical

Rating: M

Runtime: 128 minutes 

Budget: $30,000,000

Box Office Gross: $446,092,357

Plot Summary 
Mia, an aspiring actress who works in a coffee shop in a busy Hollywood studio lot in between auditions, keeps bumping into the disgruntled Sebastian, a dedicated yet stubborn jazz musician who dreams of opening his own jazz club one day.

The two finally get along together and Mia even begins to love jazz, but she also begins to lose faith in herself when yet another audition goes wrong. Sebastian believes in her and convinces her to give it one last shot, but she feels he's selling out when he joins a popular band as a keyboard player in an effort to make money for the two of them. Their struggles and differences drive a wedge between them.

Emma Stone - Mia
Ryan Gosling - Sebastian 
J. K. Simmons - Bill
Rosemarie DeWitt - Laura
John Legend - Keith
Jason Fuchs - Carlo
Finn Wittrock - Greg
Josh Pence - Josh
Callie Hernandez - Tracy
Jessica Rothe - Alexis
Sonoya Mizuno - Caitlin
Claudine Carino - Karen (The Waitress)
Tom Everett Scott - David
Damon Gupton - Harry
Meagen Fay - Mia's Mom

Writer/Director - Damien Chazelle
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Michael Beugg
Executive Producers - Mike Jackson, Thad & Trent Luckinbill, Jasmine McGlade, Molly Smith and Ty Stiklorius
Executive Producer/Music &
Lyrics: Start the Fire - John Legend
Producers - Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert,
Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt
Production Designer - David Wasco
Costume Designer - Mary Zophres
Choreographer - Mandy Moore
Director of Photography - Linus Sandgren
Film Editor - Tom Cross
Lyricists - Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Songs: Music - Justin Hurwitz

A completely refreshing modern take of a musical that relives the vintage style of films like Gene Kelly's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Very few people have not seen LA LA LAND since it was released in 2016 - it was destined to take home the Oscars in this year. The audiences were very attracted to Damien Chazelle's painstakingly jazz-themed musical after the director's success with the release of WHIPLASH. It is a love story set in the present day that ends in a bittersweet note as the two dreamers become separated by the demands of show-biz. LA LA LAND was a sure fire hit as most audiences were favourable to its passion although some were less than ecstatic. 

The film has shades of romantic comedy and melodrama and was brilliantly lavished with a superb script. There's a blend of beautiful music compositions, splendid cinematography and stunningly choreographed musical numbers that were the showstoppers to this bonafide musical. I am not surprised that actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have worked together in one other feature prior to LA LA LAND. The lead characters were perfect in their own unique roles, particularly Stone whose character like herself was an actress who dreams of living her life as a leading lady. Gosling, however was a man with many talents emerges in a romantic lead role as a struggling jazz musician. In preparation for their roles, they have been going through singing and piano lessons. The chemistry between these actors was very subtle but full of heart and sorrow.

You don't want to miss the film as many people were lined up in the cinemas to see it upon it's release. LA LA LAND is truly ahead of its time being the best musical made in many years. I highly recommend that if you want see a musical then now's the time to experience the music and beat.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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