La La Land Film Review
The film that everyone is talking about, it is the awards sweeper and the most unique film experience of the year. 14 Oscars nominations and it is being hailed as masterpiece by many critics and movie goers. Let me put this straight, “La La Land” is no masterpiece but it is a pretty good film. Movie goers always mix up a unique experience with being a masterpiece because they feel in awe from watching something different. “La La Land” is set in contemporary times but with the old musical spirit of the golden Hollywood age, and that is exactly why it is different than any other movie nowadays.
Everyone knew that director Damien Chazelle had good potential and will grow to become a recognizable name from his Oscar nominated film “Whiplash” which was in my opinion one of the best films of 2014. With “La La Land”, him and his team of producers took a big risk and decided to do something new and make a musical set in our times. Even if it is not perfect, it is still unique and that alone is enough to guarantee a few big nights for this film including the Oscars and the Baftas. The film is about people who dare to dream of a better future and stick with their ongoing struggles, hoping one day they will hit it big with what they enjoy doing, but sometimes at a cost.
The film is delightful, colorful, and cheerful. It has the power to put you in a good mood and that is important to many moviegoers and critics alike. The performances by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are good even if they are lacking on the dancing and singing fronts. It is not so hard to get good performances from professional dancers and singers but it is understandable that the filmmakers would go with known names to guarantee some box-office turnout in case the movie doesn’t connect with the majority of the audience. The story about two dreamers is nothing new but it does connect, and the dancing/singing sequences are not brilliant but good enough.
My favorite part of the movie is the ending. Before the ending I would have stuck to my 7 or 7.5 rating, but that changed for me after watching that bittersweet ending. It is a mix of many things, it is sad, realistic, and most of all it is reflective. It shows that something's got to give, you can’t really expect everything to go the way you expect them to go. “La La Land” is no brilliant masterpiece but it is fun, cheerful, well-made, and different than anything else out there.