Movies with Matt

La La Land

  • *Disclaimer, many of you know my love for all things cinema — so I’ve decided to start a blog of sorts on some of my favorite movies as well as more recent movies (like this one)**
  • They say that Hollywood loves a story about itself — and La La Land is one of the latest great films (e.g the Artist, Birdman) from the past few years that gives us a glimpse of the world of showbiz.
  • Director Damien Chazelle, who had earlier success with Whiplash (an uncomfortable but incredibly well done movie with J.K. Simmons and Mile Teller) said that this film was his “dream project” and he does not disappoint — providing the audience with a heartfelt opus to all things Hollywood — with enough emotional heft to have some fellow audience members in tears by the end
  • From beginning to end — La La Land is a delightful, though not always upbeat, story about two people trying to make it as an actress and jazz club owner (don’t see many of those around anymore).
  • Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) have some incredible chemistry — previously from Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) and Gangster Squad (2013) and they totally steal the show — although John Legend does provide some additional star power — many of the other actors/actresses float through scenes without you remembering who they are (it doesn’t really matter anyways)
  • While this movie is certainly a musical — what’s interesting is that the most powerful moments are when Sebastian and Mia are talking (rather than singing) — in fact I ‘d argue that the best songs don’t include either of them singing very much (think opening scene on LA freeway and the roommate going out scene)
  • I won’t spoil the ending — but the final sequence is an incredibly poignant reflection of “what could my life have been if not for a simple twist of fate?”
  • Overall this is a must watch for cinema fans — especially those that are fans of musicals, with all the craziness that’s going on in the world La La Land offers a nice reprieve.
  • Matt’ Rating (out of 10): 9
  • If you want to read better reviews than mine see below :-)
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