Thursday, December 15, 2016
La La Land Review: A Stylish Musical and A Triumphant Film!
Coming to the end of the year we have now entered the pivotal season for film known as Oscar Season. This is the time where all the so-called great movies start hitting the scenes in order for them to see if they have what it takes to be best picture of the year. Among these movies is a little film known as La La Land. Directed by Damien Chazelle La La Land is a musical of all things that centers on two people trying to live their dreams in Hollywood. The film has received praise from many critics and has done fairly well in the film festival circuit. However I am not most critics-so does La La Land have me singing its praise?
La La Land centers on two people: an aspiring named actress Mia (Emma Stone) and the musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). After a series of events the two cross paths where they get to know each other's dreams. Mia wants to become a major actress in Hollywood while Sebastian wants to open his very own Jazz Club. Eventually through song and dance the two fall in love and set out to live out their dreams together. However Mia and Sebastian realize how difficult it is to live their dreams as the complications of life leads to conflict between the lovers.
The story to La La Land was better than I expected. When it came down to it this was a character-driven story that was strong in its morals and themes. I was particularly surprised with the love story of the film. The romance between Mia and Sebastian was believable and it seemed to fit very well with the rest of the plot. Yet if there was one area I found questionable about La La Land's story it was its narrative. The story was broken into four sections each representing a different season of the year. This was an interesting move and it did clarify the passage of time in the movie, but breaking up the story in four sections had little impact on the overall presentation as there was little to no difference between each part. Despite its questionable narrative the tale to La La Land was still effective as its delivery made all the difference in this musical plot.
I went in a skeptic but I came out a lover of La La Land. The film brings a new concept to a classic genre and exceeds in just about every area that it strives for. With its ambitious storytelling, strong performances and charismatic sense of song and dance, La La Land is a movie experience worth venturing to; and it is undoubtedly one of the best films that I have seen all year.