Emma Stone is the heart of this film. I love me some Ryan Gosling, he may even be my favourite actor after Fassbender, but out of the two Stone shines the brightest here. If she can get a nomination for Birdman she can get one for this. Real as a person can be. The direction is so old fashioned Hollywood (which is good). Long takes and clever cuts and transitions to make the shots seem longer. This whole film was emitting the feel of classic Hollywood. The cinematography is good throughout with few that stand out which I’m sure you’ll be able to tell, including the astronomy tower scene. Beautiful.
Yes, this film is a musical. The fact it is a musical is my only gripe with it. I love me some musicals don’t hate on me. I love Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and many others. However, this film is unnecessarily a musical. The songs are ok and the sound does drown out the vocals a lot leading to times when I couldn’t tell what they were saying. I only remember 3 words of song from the whole thing which is bad for a musical.
When all is said and done, in the end this is a funny, sad and heartwarming ride which really made me take a big step back and look at where I am in my life and where I am in terms of the pursuit of my aspirations. All aside, I can’t give this film a lower score than this. As my friend (who’s new favourite film of all time is this) said, this film is in two words “Classic” and “Masterpiece”.
La La Land – 5/5