Cert: 12A Director: Damien Chazelle Running Time: 128 mins
Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt
I want to start this review with complete honesty. I was ready to go into this film a complete hater and I do not know why. I think the trailer lacked something for me. But I did want to see it, and I did want to like it but there was a part of me convinced I was not going to like it. However, I am glad to say that I came out adoring this film. It was honestly magical.
This film has a lot of passion in it. This is both in the film and behind the scenes. The cinematography ( by Linus Sandgren) was spectacular. Just the use of colours alone was stunning to watch. When the bold colours of the outfits of Mia (Emma Stone) and her friends contrasted as they danced triggered excitement for what was to come. The editing (Tom Cross) was superb also. This film is shown in segments signifying the seasons of the year in Mia and Sebastian’s (Ryan Gosling) lives. Through the use of episodic segments and montage, we see every aspect of the love story of these two without ever feeling like the film is dragging on. The film is just over 2 hours long, but it honesty does not feel like it.
Damien Chazelle showed how well he can captivate an audience with the script of Whiplash. But while Whiplash had a more anxious element to it, there is a dream-like quality to La La land which is shown alongside a witty and bright script. This magical and dreaminess to La La land is heightened with the beautiful composition of Justin Hurwitz. Honestly cannot get City of Stars out of my head. The ode to old Hollywood gives the best kind of film history lesson. Chazelle shows the relevance of films such as Casablanca and Rebel without a Cause without losing itself too much in referencing these films.
Now onto the stars! Off the bat the chemistry between Stone and Gosling was on point once again. Stone displays a career best performance as Mia, the witty, charismatic, and heartbreaking Mia. Literally, just her eyes alone was enough to command every scene she was in. That isn’t to say that Ryan Gosling didn’t give her a run for her money as the loveable but grumpy Sebastian. Sebastian is the ultimate underdog, he is passionate but stubborn so you end up loving him while also wanting to shake him. Also, the John Legend of it all was amazing, though honestly he could just cough and I would say it was fabulous.
All in all, La La land is a definite watch for any type of movie goer. And it is definitely going to be one of the big contenders to beat this awards season.
I give La La Land a …….