LA LA LAND
Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
La La Land wants to remind us how beautiful the half-forgotten dreams of the old days can be – the ones made up of nothing more than faces, music, romance and movement. It has its head in the stars, and for a little over two wonderstruck hours, it lifts you up there too.
Pure unadulterated joy is in short supply these days, both on the big screen and off. Which makes Damien Chazelle’s irresistible La La Land all the more cherishable. More than just a throwback to MGM musicals, it is a funny Valentine to the entire history of the genre, as light on its feet as Fred Astaire, as big in its heart as Judy Garland.
I was utterly absorbed by this movie’s simple storytelling verve and the terrific lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who are both excellent – particularly Stone, who has never been better.
La La Land is a film you simply never want to stop watching. It has wisdom and joy and sadness and such magic, from the evocative power of music to the transportative power of movies.
For Chazelle to be able to pull this off the way he has is something close to remarkable. The director’s feel for a classic but, for all intents and purposes, discarded genre format is instinctive and intense.
The Hollywood Reporter
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Emma Stone
Best Achievement in Directing- Damien Chazelle
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Linus Sandgren
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) – Justin Hurwitz
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) – Song: “City of Stars” Justin Hurwitz (music) Benj Pasek (lyrics) Justin Paul (lyrics)
Best Achievement in Production Design
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Original Screenplay
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures
Best Leading Actress
Best Original Music
David Lean Award for Direction
+ 6 other nominations
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Director – Motion Picture
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Best Original Song – Motion Picture for the song: “City of Stars”.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Critics 93% Audience 83%
Critics positive review 93% Audience liked it 84%
Stockbridge Audience: 77.2%
Total number of votes 45
Very Poor 0