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La La Land: Movie Review

Winner of 7 Golden Globes, La La Land dazzles all. It’s the long awaited Damien Chazelle film that we’ve all been waiting for, after 2014’s Whiplash.  If you’ve never seen this movie or heard of the director, prepare to be informed. This movie takes you on a nostalgic, heart breaking 2-hour ride. It follows two struggling Hollywood individuals: Sebastian and Mia. I think with a dream, whether as foolish as it may seem is always craved by someone. In this particular circumstance, Sebastian helps Mia start her acting career, while Mia helps Sebastian get inspired to start his own jazz place. Together, they form a predictable romance and lots of strategic dancing occurs throughout the film. It’s not like that awkward break out in dance, but its more like timed and has meaning and reason. It’s difficult for a director to incorporate dance into a musical like this one, but Chazelle did it almost perfectly. This movie is a fairy tale that continues for some time but has that realistic ending. I enjoyed the song and catchy tunes and choreography but after two hours I felt like this wouldn’t end the way I wanted it to. Towards the end, we find a “what if,” or a “what could’ve happened” ending. The consistent musical theme throughout this is Mia’s “Audition” theme and Sebastian’s “City of Stars,” which may be my favorite musical themes yet. The shots by Chazelle are beautiful as well. His entire theme is 50’s jazz and swing, but still in a modern time. It brought a mix of bittersweet nostalgia and unforgettable characters. Would I say it’s better than Whiplash? Nearly, but no. Check that one out after or before you’ve seen this one. Favorite quote:

“Here’s to the ones who dream, as foolish as they may seem.”

La La Land (2016)

Director: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

Company: Summit (Lionsgate)

Music: Justin Hurwitz

Run Time: 2.06

Genre: Musical

Review by: Maggie Brandewiede

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