La La Land (2016)

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La La Land is a 2016 musical romantic comedy drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love Los Angeles while pursuing their dreams.

This film was critically acclaimed and received 14 nominations at The Oscars, making it a record breaker and both audiences and critics raved Gosling’s and Stone’s acting and music skills. But to me, Emma Stone is just a good, not great actress, she’s better at being cute and funny, than serious and her singing skills are not much better than Lea Michele on Glee. Ryan Gosling does an outstanding job, acting, musically, dancing, he really can do it all and Stone should stick to just being cute and funny, although her dancing her skills are actually exceptional.

This is not your typical love story and I like that about this film. Most movies with romance are usually pretty predictable and this one is not. It doesn’t leave you bored, rolling your eyes, or just wanting it to be over. I loved the mushy gushy stuff, just as much as the music, except for the song “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” sung by Stone. Nothing against the lyrics, just didn’t care for her voice. John Legend (Keith) was a nice addition to the film and paired well with Ryan Gosling (Sebastian Wilder) and the rest of their band. I liked that Sebastian was trying to bring back jazz music, because there isn’t many new jazz musicians today and not many young people appreciate it today. Also, because I love jazz.

The film does have its share of cheesy moments, but there are more better ones. This a more than just a romantic, comedic musical, it is a story within a story, filled with love, hate, laughter, tears, singing and dancing. It’ll have you tapping your feet and singing along (once you learned the songs). 13+ 3.5/5

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