Film Review - La La Land

Release Date: 12th Jan 2017 — 10/10

La La Land is one of those glorious films that comes out of nowhere, sweeps you up on a musical journey and dazzles from start to finish. This smartly written, thought provocative film about dreaming big and following your ambitions is such a welcome change from the moody dramas and endless sequels dominating Hollywood right now, its hard not to love it.

The film follows two characters, Mia (Emma Stone), a waitress who dreams of being a famous actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a pianist who longs to bring Jazz back into the public eye by becoming a household Jazz name who come together in this musical drama to follow their dreams and become big stars.

The story itself is predictable, this is a standard Romantic Drama with a sprinkle of humour, there’s no surprise twists or anything here however, the way the Director, Damien Chazelle, handles these characters and the way the epilogue leaves you thinking “what if?” is incredibly powerful and really makes you question what sacrifices have to be made to achieve one’s dreams.

The film effortlessly drifts between songs and acting meaning even people not fans of Musicals can enjoy this title. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan myself but I found myself enthralled with the way the film was shot and lit in each scene — it almost felt like a theatre production at times with the way the music and dancing complemented one another.

To summarise, La La Land is a glorious film, one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long time and it fully deserves its 6 Oscars. If you are a fan of film at all, you really owe it to yourself to watch this one as this is a great film.

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