Lionsgate | Release Date: December 9, 2016
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MoviebuffreviewDec 9, 2016
After watching this film at the Chicago International Film Festival, my original plan was to wait until closer to the film's actual release date to give my thoughts on it. However, after sitting with it for two days, with the images andAfter watching this film at the Chicago International Film Festival, my original plan was to wait until closer to the film's actual release date to give my thoughts on it. However, after sitting with it for two days, with the images and sounds still sweeping through my mind, I cannot help myself. I will be as vague as possible, because I do not want to ruin the experience of seeing it for the first time, but I have to talk about it.

La La Land, as it has been advertised, pays homage to classic movie musicals. Not only does it visually allude to films such as Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon, but it also preserves the upbeat, wondrous tone of those classics. There is something wonderful about seeing this tone and style recreated for a modern film. Cynicism and pretentiousness are completely absent from this film, and nostalgia and joy take their place.

But calling La La Land a terrific recreation of the classic movie musical is selling it short. Like director Damien Chazelle's previous work, La La Land has much more going on narratively than the movie may lead people to believe. On the surface, this is a love story about two artists trying to make their ways in Los Angeles. However, this framework is deceptively simple.

La La Land forces us to think about the realities of personal relationships and artistic endeavors. It explores the excitement of our dreams, the hardships of pursuing these dreams, and forces the audience to question the importance of both. Fortunately, Chazelle never looks down on the audience with these ideas. They are not presented in a heavy handed manner, and he never forces you to think a certain way.

On top of its thematic richness, La La Land has one of the best understandings of film as a storytelling medium that I have seen in recent years. On the surface, it is the most technically astounding. The cinematography is stunning, and the soundtrack is beautiful. Even better is that both the visuals and soundtrack are never used in a way that is shallow or uninteresting. La La Land has an understanding of how to tell a story visually. It understands the power of sequencing, the power images can have on the emotional impact of a story, and the way in which these images simultaneously indulge our fantasies and remind us of our humanity.

In other words, for me, it embodies everything that I love about movies.

There are instances that everyone can recall in a cinema where we have felt what I like to call "movie magic." These are evoked by the films that completely absorb us into its world, and movies that have a lasting, personal impact on us far beyond the theater. They are the films that we hold as the pinnacle of what makes watching movies so great.

La La Land is one of those movies.

During its 128 minute running time, the only time I wanted to look away from the screen was to turn to the people around me and check and see if they were experiencing the same kind of magic that I was. I can affirm that everyone I saw in my theater was.

La La Land is a masterpiece. It is not only the best movie of 2016 so far, but also possibly one of the best of the decade. It's spectacular, stunning, moving, and absolutely magical.
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FlorentineJan 17, 2017
I do like musicals, but I didn't like this one. It's been a long time since I walked out of a movie, but I really wanted to today. I stayed to the bitter bitter end. I've never cared for Ryan Gosling or John Legend, and I still have no useI do like musicals, but I didn't like this one. It's been a long time since I walked out of a movie, but I really wanted to today. I stayed to the bitter bitter end. I've never cared for Ryan Gosling or John Legend, and I still have no use for either. The whole movie fell flat. The opening scene was not entertaining. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and Donald O'Conner must be rolling in their graves and rolling their eyes at this one. Best movie of the year? You cannot be serious! Expand
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robinson1Jan 22, 2017
Since we're over 60, my husband and I have seen a few movies. This is 2nd one we have ever left and the only one where he has ever fallen asleep. We thought it was like a tired, old, truly corny Hallmark Hall of Fame set to music. I was a bitSince we're over 60, my husband and I have seen a few movies. This is 2nd one we have ever left and the only one where he has ever fallen asleep. We thought it was like a tired, old, truly corny Hallmark Hall of Fame set to music. I was a bit more patient and got all the way to the hunt for the Prius...really? Gee, I think I know the ending. ; By the way, Hallmark has become a bit more edgey Expand
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perryrantsJan 7, 2017
my wife and i went to see this on my birthday. the best and most affecting emotional part of this movie was when it said THE END! i almost cried with overjoyeous relief of being rescued.
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imthenoobMar 18, 2019
I'm normally not a fan of musicals but I am a fan of this one. Gosling and Stone do a fantastic job and the journey their characters go through perfectly blends with the music. IMO, This should have won best picture over Moonlight.
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golforooshOct 6, 2017
this movie was another version of the 500 days of summer movie and there were some better songs and better end ,but i prefer the 500 days of summer because of better story
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SrPepeNov 17, 2017
Me sorprendió para ser un musical, muy buenas actuaciones de los protagonistas. Sin embargo, una historia muy predecible, es la típica historia de amor con un final distinto.
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JPKJul 8, 2019
Absolutely Loved It
La La Land is by far one of the best movies of 2016 in so many ways.
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rubsomebacononiMay 9, 2019
This movie is the perfect mix between an homage to classic musicals and a modern take on film. The 4-season metaphor was remarkably meaningful looking back at the movie. The idea that life happens in seasons is powerful, and that sometimesThis movie is the perfect mix between an homage to classic musicals and a modern take on film. The 4-season metaphor was remarkably meaningful looking back at the movie. The idea that life happens in seasons is powerful, and that sometimes great things come to an end. The cute couple doesn't always end up together.
The music was the best I've ever heard. As I watched the opening scene play before me, I was inspired by their choreography and musical complexity. I was instantly entranced in the mood of the movie. La La Land takes a well-paced approach to the idea of Hollywood and shows the biting realism of life.
Overall, the movie mixes musical and instrumental prowess with skilled performances from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to make a film that felt more real than any I've watched before.
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SilentTacticianFeb 23, 2018
Fantastic dance scenes and I really enjoyed the song "City of Stars". Liked the ending choice. Everything else is boring and dull.
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freeKade1kaMay 22, 2019
it looks like the best movie ever. plot, characters, music, dances, atmosphere, operator work, etc. is 10 out of 10
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amheretojudgeMay 19, 2019
Gosling and Stone shines and as a result Chazelle marks his name on the wall.

La La Land Chazelle is on a strike. With successive jaw dropping projects coming out, his passion grows more intense and the cinema much larger. Coloring the 70mm
Gosling and Stone shines and as a result Chazelle marks his name on the wall.

La La Land

Chazelle is on a strike. With successive jaw dropping projects coming out, his passion grows more intense and the cinema much larger. Coloring the 70mm screen with rich mesmeric visuals, the director, Damien Chazelle is boasting his love with proper understanding of the Hollywood culture that he so blindingly adores. Not an inch goes by in the film that looks pretentious, working over a year on editing along with Tom Cross, Chazelle wishes you to understand the "if's" and "but's" of this show business in one note. And boy what a note it is. I am sorry but that hooked theme of Justin Hurwitz, whispered in every line of the film always sobers me up.

All hail the production team for carving out this desert as fresh as it looks, from clothes to designing and from locations to set pieces, the view gets better and better and so does the performance. And daunting as this task may sound, but Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling might be the new Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. But unlike them they aren't quirky but are goofy about the relationship and flirty about their first love. If Stone going over the montages of failed auditions is a threat, then Gosling on piano is her equal competitor.

I have always preferred them alone, one is happy being stubborn and intuitive- something that she later on adapts from him- and other being mature and hard on herself. Together, they would fall apart, they are meant to be, no matter how in sync are they while dancing and how pitch perfect are they while singing, their rhythm is too vacuumed by the outer world to float in one room, maybe they should have just stayed in that cinema hall, but despite of claiming it to be a La La Land, this is the reality, they had to get out.
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LivingTribunalMar 3, 2019
Perfect dream! The music, The camera work, The actors … oh wow. It should have won the Oscar for real.
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JafetMoraOct 11, 2018
Si si si yo digo que si, es muy very good, si si si yo digo que si.
pene pene pene
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GabriperilloSep 5, 2018
this movie is almost perfect, every scene is beautiful great direction and plot. best soundtrack i've ever heard, i love this movie
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etheronJan 15, 2019
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Mucho mejor de lo esperado. La escena final es demasiado buena, con mas detalles de los que aparentemente tiene. Expand
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hornysoulSep 22, 2018
É um filme simples, artístico, puro, talentoso e inteligente. As músicas são incríveis, bem como a história, as personagens, o drama, a fantasia e a teatrialidade envolventes. "La La Land" é muito emotivo, inspirador, romântico e diz-nos queÉ um filme simples, artístico, puro, talentoso e inteligente. As músicas são incríveis, bem como a história, as personagens, o drama, a fantasia e a teatrialidade envolventes. "La La Land" é muito emotivo, inspirador, romântico e diz-nos que nunca devemos desistir dos nossos sonhos. Expand
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goncalocoutoOct 20, 2018
"La La Land" talvez até não seria o mais adequado filme para ser indicado aos Óscares, mas foi um filme muito bom com uma história bem romântica.
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porkandbeansJan 19, 2019
despite of having praises by movie critics, la la land is that musical film, a film that leave marks to the movie industry. we are all sure this will go down to be a classics because of the amazing performances of emma stone and ryan gosling.despite of having praises by movie critics, la la land is that musical film, a film that leave marks to the movie industry. we are all sure this will go down to be a classics because of the amazing performances of emma stone and ryan gosling. The movie is perfect, truly rare to find, we might heard that this is overrated but remove that kind of point of view— this movie is an absolute gem Expand
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MrScallopsJun 19, 2019
"La La Land" is a colorful, stylish and nostalgic musical for the modern era with beautiful musical sequences, top-notch performances and a sympathetic plot.
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yadhukrishnaMar 25, 2019
the best musical comedy I had ever seen
simply outstanding
Emma, Ryan both had done great efforts to made mia and Sebastian alive
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BrunoVn00Mar 31, 2019
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. From the talented director of Whiplash, comes another musical masterpiece: La La Land. This movie is about the romance of aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), they both have great chemistry and they're one of the best movie couples in recent cinema, director Damien Chazelle had the talent to write and develop their relationship really well. As this is a musical, it obviously has many musical numbers throughout the movie and they're all fantastic and serve a purpose to the plot.

The Good:
-The performances are amazing.
-The script, dialogue and character development are great. The chemistry between the main characters is just wonderful.
-The score and music is memorable and beautiful.
-The ending scene is one of the best ending scenes I've seen in a long time and the message it tries to give is sad but true: That sometimes couples need to separate and both go in different ways to accomplish their dreams. It's a lighthearted, depressing yet satisfying ending and it's more tearjerking with the beautiful music, the last shot of the movie is Mia and Seb smiling to each other is an amazing ending, pretty refreshing to see a couple actually not ending together, it makes the ending unpredictable.
-Obviously the rest of the movie is as amazing as that last scene. The musical numbers are memorable, catchy and well choreographed.

The Bad:
-I think the only "bad" or not so good thing is Ryan Gosling's acting as Sebastian. He did a good job but he didn't really shine as much as other actors, specially his in-movie couple Mia (Emma Stone).

La La Land is a masterpiece of a movie, I could watch it over and over and nothing of it will ever get old at least for me.
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fmmJan 3, 2017
With the exception of the brilliant opening sequence, another critical darling this year that disappoints. With so much talent - and given that this is a musical - could they not find actors who were better singers and dancers!?
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DaddyO3Feb 14, 2018
Neither I, my wife, or our kids got into this. We turned it off about half way through.
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GabMegaApr 18, 2017
Después de 5 meses, finalmente me pude ver La la land, y aunque mis expectativas no estaban tan altas con esta película, me impresiono a final de cuentas es sus mayores aspectos técnicos, y hasta argumentales, no tanto en estos últimos,Después de 5 meses, finalmente me pude ver La la land, y aunque mis expectativas no estaban tan altas con esta película, me impresiono a final de cuentas es sus mayores aspectos técnicos, y hasta argumentales, no tanto en estos últimos, porque quizás los personajes no sean los favoritos de muchas espectadores que se vean la pelicula. Pero hay una cosa que no se puede negar, la musica de esta obra, llego para quedarse, siendo mis favoritas Another Day Of Sun, Someone In The Crowd y City of Stars, son totalmente memorables y hasta uno le da una buenas energías al momento de escucharlas. Y pues claro, que se puede esperar del mismo que dirigió Whiplash, que ahora va a estar a boca de muchos en esta nueva era de cine como lo esta siendo como Iñárritu o Guillermo del Toro que esta volviendo a sacar relevancia en estos tiempos.

Quizás no sea la película que va a cambiar la industria, pero es una que deben apreciar a los que les gusta de buen cine y de aprender a analizar las características que conforman una película para los estudiantes o críticos que estudian cine.

Aunque mi favorita para los Oscares seguirá siendo Arrival.
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eagleeyevikingJan 16, 2017
Damien Chazelle's La La Land is a beautifully directed, terrifically acted romantic musical that elicits plenty of emotion ranging from heartbreak to joy.
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nilsyJan 28, 2017
During more then half of the musical parts i was checking the clock and wondering if it was worth it to finish the movie even. Nothing wrong with the instrumental music its the songs that i dislike, which is a shame as visually it wasDuring more then half of the musical parts i was checking the clock and wondering if it was worth it to finish the movie even. Nothing wrong with the instrumental music its the songs that i dislike, which is a shame as visually it was stunning throwback towards the golden age of hollywood musicals. The songs emma and ryan are forced into trying to sing are demanding stuff that a skilled singer could really make something out of sadly that was not to be. If these actors had tried to audition for american idol neither ryan or emma would stand a chance of getting in. Yet somehow nobody cares they are lead in a hollywood musical they are still praised to high heavens for la la land its beyond me why all the critics set the bar so incredible low for hollywood actors singing. Maybe modern critics simply arnt used to judging singers and think average is good enough its afterall a movie and not a album. Expand
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RatedRexDec 18, 2016
There used to be a time when movie critics were tough. I don't how many of you are old enough to remember Pauline Kael of the New Yorker, Vincent Canby on the New York Times, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, and of course, my favorite,There used to be a time when movie critics were tough. I don't how many of you are old enough to remember Pauline Kael of the New Yorker, Vincent Canby on the New York Times, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, and of course, my favorite, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times. In those days, you couldn't just pop out a cute little movie and expect the critics to rave, uncontrollably. Those critics would dissect every fabric and every film cell. When they were done with their reviews you knew, pretty much, what to expect. But not anymore, cutesy movies like "The Artist", "Birdman" and "Silver Lining Playbook" and the like, are given way more credit than they deserve by today's movie critics. In fact, I think todays movie critics go overboard for anything that is just a little bit different. Well, "La La Land" is a little bit different. But its just a cutesy little movie that's nice and neat. That's all it is. All of the glowing praise by the critics is laughable. Actually the best parts of movie are the scenes with John Legend in them Expand
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lancekozMay 17, 2017
I really, really can't believe the critical acclaim for this light thing. Sure, the singing is not great, I can deal with that, but also, it just isn't fun! Snipey and dark, with low chemistry. After suffering thru the beginning, I was aI really, really can't believe the critical acclaim for this light thing. Sure, the singing is not great, I can deal with that, but also, it just isn't fun! Snipey and dark, with low chemistry. After suffering thru the beginning, I was a little enthused by the 'pool party' scene, which was finally light, both visually and in mood. But then, it retreated into its marginally directed dirge-y-ness. The wildly over-worked planetarium romance scene looked hokey in this age of great effects... and we are led to believe that two gorgeous adults living in LA are ruminating about a kiss in a way some grade-schoolers might? In fact, that makes me realize, if this film was made based on junior-high students, it may've made a lot more sense. Expand
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iamluizMay 6, 2017
Incredible. Stone shines in this masterpiece, with lovely scenes and a lot of dreams. Chazelle's direction is assured and makes the movie even better.
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FolderMathJun 25, 2017
I'm a sucker for movies about music and art, so my rating's a bit higher than it probably should be. Ryan Gooooosling is great, and Emma Stone is even greater. Damien Gazelle has outdone himself again. It doesn't end happily (I was afraid itI'm a sucker for movies about music and art, so my rating's a bit higher than it probably should be. Ryan Gooooosling is great, and Emma Stone is even greater. Damien Gazelle has outdone himself again. It doesn't end happily (I was afraid it would), which I enjoyed. It made the movie feel more real, considering that it takes place in Hollywood. Expand
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liroslavkloseApr 15, 2017
When a talented director and a spectacular musician made together a movie, you already know it's a wonderful one. The story, the music, the characters and the actors inside this made this movie an epic art that will be on hall of the fameWhen a talented director and a spectacular musician made together a movie, you already know it's a wonderful one. The story, the music, the characters and the actors inside this made this movie an epic art that will be on hall of the fame during hundred years. Well criticized, La La Land made me like musicals and L.A, city where I want to live now. Expand
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natanfkJan 25, 2017
Totally average. Technically it's great, but it misses content. A lot of it. It's the kind of movie that it's like a dog. It will sit, lay and roll to gain a cookie (oscar).
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BarryRDec 31, 2016
Mediocre singing, mediocre dancing.
The opening scene was full of colour and should've zinged. But it was thin. Maybe too many dancers, each doing too little.
Contrived plot.
The only exciting bit was John Legend. He could sing!
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mandm1951Jan 16, 2017
I was disappointed. I didn't fully engage with the characters or plot. Instead my mind wandered to thoughts such as, "Best picture of the year? What am I missing?" -- Not a bad film imo, but I was hoping for more given the hype.
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SalmonPeachDec 11, 2016
Majestic! The setting is awesome, music is soulful and the story is so heart-warming. If you've always been skeptical about musicals, this movie is going to destroy all your doubt and principles about it. The Oscar's for best picture goes to...
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moviefollower12Dec 12, 2016
Beautifully directed and choreographed, this is truly a film to behold. The magical song and dance numbers, the simple but deeply relatable storyline, and the fantastic performances from Gosling and Stone are all reasons to see thisBeautifully directed and choreographed, this is truly a film to behold. The magical song and dance numbers, the simple but deeply relatable storyline, and the fantastic performances from Gosling and Stone are all reasons to see this heartwarming and wondrous film. Expand
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BrianMcCriticDec 24, 2016
A joyous spectacle about the desire to dream in Los Angeles. The music is amazing with every shot of a musical number perfectly capturing that scenes purpose. The film is an all around dynamic achievement that should get many awardA joyous spectacle about the desire to dream in Los Angeles. The music is amazing with every shot of a musical number perfectly capturing that scenes purpose. The film is an all around dynamic achievement that should get many award nominations. It's one of the best of the year. A Expand
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perkinsmeganeJan 15, 2017
This film is a true modern masterpiece. It truly makes you feel like you are watching an Old Hollywood song and dance like Singin' In the Rain. It is incredibly charming and at the end I felt like I was walking on air. The cinematography andThis film is a true modern masterpiece. It truly makes you feel like you are watching an Old Hollywood song and dance like Singin' In the Rain. It is incredibly charming and at the end I felt like I was walking on air. The cinematography and color contrast were absolutely beautiful. The choreography and chemistry was a dream. I am totally in love. Expand
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JorgeLestreJan 17, 2017
An unique celebration of cinema, art, music and love. It's amazing in all sorts of ways. It's a musical that hits all the right notes and makes us fall in love real hard with it.
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IgnesioJan 15, 2017
Una película maravillosa. Magistralmente dirigida, con algunos de los planos secuencia más hermosos de los últimos años. La coreografía perfecta, las canciones sencillas, pero difíciles de olvidar, y cómo no, los dos protagonistas. EsUna película maravillosa. Magistralmente dirigida, con algunos de los planos secuencia más hermosos de los últimos años. La coreografía perfecta, las canciones sencillas, pero difíciles de olvidar, y cómo no, los dos protagonistas. Es imposible no caer rendido a lo que estás viendo en la pantalla. Es una película, que, una vez sales del cine, quieres volver a verla, te deja un recuerdo muy bueno sobre ella. En conclusión, vaya a verla aquel que es amante del cine, no solamente de los musicales, pues es fácilmente la mejor película
del año, en conjunto.
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johnsonjohnsonJan 17, 2017
有時則是指在伦敦西区上演的戏剧。光業的役所浩二勝俣博山约百老汇剧院經常共同被看作光業的役所浩二勝俣博山是英语世界中最高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区的演出已经成为觀光業光業的役所浩二勝俣博山的役所浩二勝俣博山崎健藺生小林高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区光光業的役所浩二勝俣博山業的役所浩二勝俣博山。有時則是指在伦敦西区上演的戏剧。光業的役所浩二勝俣博山约百老汇剧院經常共同被看作光業的役所浩二勝俣博山是英语世界中最高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区的演出已经成为觀光業光業的役所浩二勝俣博山的役所浩二勝俣博山崎健藺生小林高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区光光業的役所浩二勝俣博山業的役所浩二勝俣博山。
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Benkoko11Feb 15, 2017
Brilliance! Irrestistable La La Land revitalizes the musical genre with such heart and sundrenched soul it's like a miracle unfolding before your eyes. It's tremendous - pure, unadulterated, silver screen magic and quite simply why we go toBrilliance! Irrestistable La La Land revitalizes the musical genre with such heart and sundrenched soul it's like a miracle unfolding before your eyes. It's tremendous - pure, unadulterated, silver screen magic and quite simply why we go to the movies. Let me be very clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with randomly breaking into song and dance - on screen or in real life. Expand
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JyroJyroSep 27, 2017
Apart from being stupidly cliche, everything is beautifully seamless in La La Land. The emotions flicker through the seasons, the songs skip & drag with the characters mood, and both Gosling & Stone deliver the performance of a lifetime.Apart from being stupidly cliche, everything is beautifully seamless in La La Land. The emotions flicker through the seasons, the songs skip & drag with the characters mood, and both Gosling & Stone deliver the performance of a lifetime. Everything is a metaphor in this silly, soulful throwback to Hollywood's infatuation with hope & desire. Expand
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manusbyrneApr 7, 2018
La La land is a musical that does not have good songs or a good story. The story follows a women who dream to be an actress but just can't get a movie role and a man who want to open a bar that plays jazz music. the story is not creative orLa La land is a musical that does not have good songs or a good story. The story follows a women who dream to be an actress but just can't get a movie role and a man who want to open a bar that plays jazz music. the story is not creative or interesting it is just so cliched.
the film doesn't know what tone it wants to go for. From the advertising and the trailers, you would think that this was going to be a happy musical but no it's a drama and not a good one. Despite of it being a drama most of the song in the movie is a very happy tone and once the songs are over the movie instantly goes back into a drama. Because of this the songs of the movie feel out of place. Not to say that the song is not good. They are actually very good, City of stars is the best song in the hole film it's well written and it's the only song in the hole film that fits in with the tone of the film.
So what about the drama if that is the main focus of the film. well, it's not only bad but it's stooped. The characters are always going back and forward of happy song and serious drama which just ruins the drama.
This film would just be alright if the ending was not terrible. does not make sense for the characters to do what they did at the end and nothing else makes sense about it.
that's why I give this a 4 out of 10
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BHBarryDec 11, 2016
“La La Land” is a charming drama, romantic comedy and musicall tied together nicely by writer/director Damien Chazelle. Ably performed by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the film tells the story of an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz“La La Land” is a charming drama, romantic comedy and musicall tied together nicely by writer/director Damien Chazelle. Ably performed by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the film tells the story of an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician as they search to find and realize each of their respective dreams. Ms. Stone and Mr.Gosling have never been seen or known as singers or dancers so the viewer is at first suspect and in doubt that either of these two can properly fulfill the roles the parts demand. To the surprise and satisfaction of all involved, they are a delight to watch and listen to as they seque from drama to musical numbers all in a subtle and lovely transition. This also lends to the credibility of the film and its story under the able direction of Mr. Chazelle. The film also provides the viewer with a delightful series of songs and jazz sessions which add to the positive experience. I give this film a 9 for it is not only a sweet, simple and charming story of hope and ambition in the City of Los Angeles but a reminder that good films can still be made using the once forgotten formulae of mid-20th‘century moviemaking. Expand
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CMCJan 8, 2017
This is an entertaining film worth seeing. So go see it.
That said, I am not happy to report that the movie comes up way short to its Hollywood and French musical antecedents; the gap between what the film aspires to and what it achieves is
This is an entertaining film worth seeing. So go see it.
That said, I am not happy to report that the movie comes up way short to its Hollywood and French musical antecedents; the gap between what the film aspires to and what it achieves is too great to ignore. The wide-screen Hollywood musicals were a tour-de-force of great singing talent, great dancing talent, flawless staging, studio lighting and cinematography. The actors just are not up to the task of singing and dancing, and I would argue that Ryan Gosling did not even act that well and served as a bit of a downer when exuberance is what was called for. The steadicam camerawork is really sloppy, frequently mis-framing and not using the wide-screen effectively, with many blurry portrait shots. There is occasional and shocking dark vignetting at the corners, and oftentimes mediocre to terrible lighting. The story line, dialogue and plot turns are as trivial as the movies of the past. It seems that the main virtue of the movie is that it is a contemporary attempt at the genre, but really does not offer a great critique or insightful iteration to those movies, it just is not as good. The insertion of the fake super-8 "memory" footage is one of the few attempts to change up the format, but it is a horrible and cheap conceit in any movie. The first scene promises what the rest of the movie does not offer, where the entire world breaks into song and dance. The romantic sparks between the two main characters for the rest of the film are not very emotional.
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MattyiceJan 6, 2017
La La Land is hands down one of the best (if not the best) film(s) of 2016. Gosling and Stone's chemistry is outstanding, the musical numbers are catchy as hell and well coordinated, the story is engaging, the themes are prominent, and, mostLa La Land is hands down one of the best (if not the best) film(s) of 2016. Gosling and Stone's chemistry is outstanding, the musical numbers are catchy as hell and well coordinated, the story is engaging, the themes are prominent, and, most of all, the background score by Justin Hurwitz is masterful. Overall, one of the best times I've had in quite some time and one of the best musicals to hit the big screen in decades. Expand
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francisrgoDec 29, 2016
Essentially the Best Film of 2016. La La Land is a masterpiece and brilliant, it is romantic and poignant. I love Musicals and this was just perfect in every way. Damien Chazelle, like Whiplash, creates a world and story that everyone canEssentially the Best Film of 2016. La La Land is a masterpiece and brilliant, it is romantic and poignant. I love Musicals and this was just perfect in every way. Damien Chazelle, like Whiplash, creates a world and story that everyone can connect to, dealing with striving for perfection or reminiscing old love. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have perfect chemistry, add with great song, music and lyrics, the movie can't get any better. Expand
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amalramDec 21, 2016
Absolutely stunning. I had to make a 260 km journey just to watch this movie and that means 5 hrs on train here. And it was totally worth it. Acting, Cinematography and the music, everything was was perfect. Soundtrack was magical.Just lovedAbsolutely stunning. I had to make a 260 km journey just to watch this movie and that means 5 hrs on train here. And it was totally worth it. Acting, Cinematography and the music, everything was was perfect. Soundtrack was magical.Just loved it. Watch it in theaters. Expand
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ranjan04rajeevJan 20, 2017
I was thrilled to watch this spectacular masterpiece. This is one of a kind movie, with beautiful music and surreal visual art. Feel the pain and love.
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emrdrdDec 31, 2016
This is the only movie in years that I have wanted to see twice (in one week!). Note the nods to West Side Story and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but it is its own original film. Some people are complaining about the ending, but there IS aThis is the only movie in years that I have wanted to see twice (in one week!). Note the nods to West Side Story and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but it is its own original film. Some people are complaining about the ending, but there IS a happy ending; just not the one you were expecting. Brilliant. Expand
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MurrayTJan 16, 2017
I can't stand musicals. I still can't, yet I loved this movie. Go figure...because I can't. I may have rolled my eyes at the opening number, but after that I was transfixed, and when it was over I was looking up local jazz clubs on the internet.
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CheetahiceFeb 2, 2017
I think that this movie has a very unbelievable plot line and I also think that the musical was a little over the top. The only thing that they did great for my opinion was that they got a talented cast. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone cameI think that this movie has a very unbelievable plot line and I also think that the musical was a little over the top. The only thing that they did great for my opinion was that they got a talented cast. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone came together to make an okay film that won too many awards. Expand
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JohnGrayJan 30, 2017
Charming and dazzling musical film. Doesn't matter if you are in love or not, you will love this film. I believe that in 2050, when someone asks Who's Ryan Gosling or Who's Emma Stone, the answer will be "Oh, he played a principal role in LaCharming and dazzling musical film. Doesn't matter if you are in love or not, you will love this film. I believe that in 2050, when someone asks Who's Ryan Gosling or Who's Emma Stone, the answer will be "Oh, he played a principal role in La La Land some years ago". As the film approaches to become an all time classic, like Casablanca or Cinema Paradiso. Heartwarming film, loved the soundtrack, has a nice mixture between past and actual Los Angeles. Deserves at least 5 Oscars: Best Film, Best Original Song ("Audition" is quite better), Best Actor and Best Actress. Expand
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jdiazMar 12, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I sat next to an 87 year old man. After the first scene, he clapped and said "wow!"
During the audition scene he started crying like a baby and as soon as it ended he took off his round glasses and wiped off the tears with his sleeve.
As soon as the movie ended, he clapped along with everyone else and he shouted "Bravo! Bravo! BRAVO!!!"
He then said,"I haven't seen anything like that in a very long time. The music, the girl, everything!"

The first thing I need to say is that everything I write will be an understatement. This movie is better than anything I could possiblely put into words.
The second thing I need to say is that you need to watch this movie.

Justin Hurwitz is a musical genius. And this film is a musical masterpiece. Someone said they were getting tired of Chazelle's boner for jazz. Well, if every movie Chazelle does is as powerful and driven as this and Whiplash, I will never get tired of his massive boner for jazz.
Hurwitz sets the tone using music in a way I have not seen since Lord of the Rings. He develops themes subtly when you least expect them and then blasts them into your face to trigger a serious emotional response. The first two songs, Another Day of Sun and Someone in the Crowd, meld together throughout the rest of the movie in a way that they become almost indistinguishable. Audition's theme is subtly hinted at when Mia is talking about her childhood, so you already heard the kernel of it when she starts singing it. Finally, the epilogue blends together every piece of music masterfully and all the themes, all the emotions come gushing out. The fact that Chazelle and Hurwitz came up with the idea for the movie together is what allows most of this to happen. The bond between what you are seeing and what you are hearing is so intrinsic that it becomes overpowering.

Best soundtrack of the decade by far.
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DarthGhoul99Mar 14, 2017
There's not enough word to express how much feelings this movie can make you feel while you're watching it, if you love art as i do, you'll travel to a thausands of universes with every single note, every single scene and at the end of theThere's not enough word to express how much feelings this movie can make you feel while you're watching it, if you love art as i do, you'll travel to a thausands of universes with every single note, every single scene and at the end of the movie you'll be flying to a sea full of colors.. Happiness, Sadness and love, pure love for art.

If you don't loved this movie, let me tell you that you don't know the meaning of art.
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vulvuratMar 25, 2017
La La Land is pure cinematic beauty. Accompanied by Justin Hurwitz's beautiful music, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling bring Damien Chazelle's floating, dreamy masterpiece to life with careful, singing emotion. Why is La La Land so good? I thinkLa La Land is pure cinematic beauty. Accompanied by Justin Hurwitz's beautiful music, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling bring Damien Chazelle's floating, dreamy masterpiece to life with careful, singing emotion. Why is La La Land so good? I think because it summarizes the crisis, the passion and joy, but also the sorrow and pain of an artist's life. Set in a magical, half-imagined LA, every movement and magical note is essential to the wholeness of this film, from the very first glimpse to the ending credits. Ryan Gosling's performance embodies the very crisis of an artist who loves music but is overlooked so badly. His half-bored, half-enthusiastic impressions make the movie very entertaining. Emma Stone is brilliant. Without her elaborately subtle and honest performance, the movie would lose part of it's magic. I believe she is one of the very best young actresses. La La Land challenges you emotionally, but leaves you much more richer in the soul. One of the best films I have ever seen. Expand
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AkumaJackMay 16, 2017
The soundtrack is almost perfect. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone aren't good singers by any mean but they fit their role and aren't bad at singing at least. Someone criticised their dancing skills. Idk, didn't pay much attention to that (butThe soundtrack is almost perfect. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone aren't good singers by any mean but they fit their role and aren't bad at singing at least. Someone criticised their dancing skills. Idk, didn't pay much attention to that (but just because i don't like dancing in general). The plot is simple but well told, you get attached to Mia and Sebastian through the movie. There aren't secondary characters worth of noticing.
If you are not nitpicky on their dancind/singing skills this film is a must-see.
Because, i'd like to remark, they are not bad. They are just not that good at it.
They are actors, and they shine when they can play their roles.
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foxgroveDec 13, 2016
La La Land is that rare movie that starts at the top and then goes on and up. At a time when musicals are not at all fashionable this one knocks it out of the park on all emotional and aesthetic levels. It is without question the best film ofLa La Land is that rare movie that starts at the top and then goes on and up. At a time when musicals are not at all fashionable this one knocks it out of the park on all emotional and aesthetic levels. It is without question the best film of the year. An audacious opening song and dance number on an L A freeway sets the tone and here is where audiences will either embrace it or leave. Those who stay will be treated to one of those transcendent experiences that are all too rare in today's cinema. Who knew that Emma Stone could be this good demonstrating a range, and a voice, that takes one completely by surprise. Wonderfully supported by Ryan Gosling, the pair effortlessly create chemistry usually not seen outside a lab. Their renditions of a clutch of memorable songs are dynamically performed and stunningly choreographed. Stone's dulcet tones singing' Audition- The fools who dream' is heartbreakingly evocative and succeeds in raising the hairs on one's arms and neck. In fact the score and sound make the film seem like a throwback to an earlier age as does the gorgeous colour cinematography. Technically, every aspect of this unique entertainment has the wow factor. Emotionally the film is very well grounded with its biggest flight of fancy taking place at the Griffith observatory. Director Damien Chazelle trumps his achievement on 'Whiplash' by triumphantly reviving a moribund genre. That he has produced such a dazzling and accomplished piece of cinema in the process is no small feat. If this doesn't win best picture and actress at next year's Oscars (it will of course be loaded with them) then the Academy members themselves must be living in La La Land. Expand
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cine1Jan 28, 2017
The dance numbers, inside nods to the city of LA and Ryan Gosling's quirky, charming bravado carry this film through its first half. Then, the fantastical dance sequences quickly lose its charm and the second half of the film becomes quiteThe dance numbers, inside nods to the city of LA and Ryan Gosling's quirky, charming bravado carry this film through its first half. Then, the fantastical dance sequences quickly lose its charm and the second half of the film becomes quite dull. Plus, it seems Gosling and Emma Stone aren't very good singers, which I get is part of their characters, but is hard to listen over long stretches in a feature film. "What's wrong with being romantic," Gosling's character asks in the beginning of the film. Nothing, and this film is romantic and charming but I do like to see some development between characters past the visually pleasing song and dance numbers that are really just flashes in the pan. A light, enjoyable film but more style than substance. Expand
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manybothansJan 14, 2017
I was blown away by this movie, both as a technical masterpiece and a poignantly human story. I created an account just to rate it, and I like neither musicals, nor jazz. I do, however, like cinema - and that is exactly what this is. 24k cinema.
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ihabkhaled94Jan 17, 2017
It's a first class artistic simple movie, Pure, Very talented directing, Music is awesome, Fantasizing is incredible, The drama scenes perfect, Great story, Acting very good, Directing view and technical directing and overall very fantasticIt's a first class artistic simple movie, Pure, Very talented directing, Music is awesome, Fantasizing is incredible, The drama scenes perfect, Great story, Acting very good, Directing view and technical directing and overall very fantastic movie should be seen.

Very emotional, motivational, dramatic, romantic and it says never ever give up on dreams.

Ryan Gosling did really good work and Emma did a really good work too,
but when we come to Damien Chazelle we must raise the hat for that young talented man who can take you to another world with his writing and directing, We all must learn from Damien how artistic movies should be, He's an art school.

It's really a masterpiece, Every thing in it is done perfectly and correctly.

From the best movies of all time.
Really enjoyable, Best 2 hours in this year.
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DaBlazeyekFeb 19, 2017
I think it's definitely film NOT for Oscar. Generally film was OK, but in 2016 there was so much better films. "La la land" should have Oscars only for music. Then, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling played rather for Gold Raspberries, not for "theI think it's definitely film NOT for Oscar. Generally film was OK, but in 2016 there was so much better films. "La la land" should have Oscars only for music. Then, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling played rather for Gold Raspberries, not for "the greatest film awards". And plot was not oryginal, even banal. Expand
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twall3Jan 30, 2017
The opening scene made me embarrassed to have asked my wife to see this movie. "What is this - High School Musical?" she asks. There were scenes that I really liked - maybe even loved. Emma was great as a down-to-earth quirky actress. Some ofThe opening scene made me embarrassed to have asked my wife to see this movie. "What is this - High School Musical?" she asks. There were scenes that I really liked - maybe even loved. Emma was great as a down-to-earth quirky actress. Some of the dialogue was borderline brilliant. Her discussion w/ Ryan about him giving up on dreams was wonderful and real. I understand why people love this movie but too many of the dance numbers just seemed too sugary, whimsical and fake for my taste. Less is more - less musical numbers used more strategically and my score would have been an 8 or 9. Expand
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zmokJan 9, 2017
"All your jazz heroes, they were revolutionaries. But how do you expect to keep jazz live if you're such a traditionalist?"

This quote drives what Damien Chazelle and the people behind La La Land managed to accomplish. La La Land has the
"All your jazz heroes, they were revolutionaries. But how do you expect to keep jazz live if you're such a traditionalist?"

This quote drives what Damien Chazelle and the people behind La La Land managed to accomplish. La La Land has the nostalgic charms and beauty of musical theater, was uncompromising in qualities that define and is celebrated in traditional musicals. La La Land didn't just bring traditional musical theatre to film, it used film to take musical theatre to another level. La La Land overcame the shortcomings and limitations of theatre with film. Imaginative gorgeous aesthetics, excellent unobtrusive storytelling, impeccable directing, precise pacing, magnificent performances by the leads.. What makes La La Land work so well for me is that amidst the romanticized nature of musical storytelling and visuals, the story of the film is grounded in harsh reality. La La Land beautifully celebrates idealism to deliver a greater impact when reality hits.

For me, as someone who loves the imaginative liberality of animations, emotional impacts of musicals and enchanting fantasy of art that leaves you at the mercy of its creators, La La Land is the pinnacle of a movie going experience so far in my life.
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MovieloveorhateJan 21, 2017
Boring. Cheesy. I don't understand some of the reviews at all. In fact I almost walked out. I just didn't get it. Normally I love musicals but felt the singing and dancing spoilt the story. My husband disliked it so much he said it would be aBoring. Cheesy. I don't understand some of the reviews at all. In fact I almost walked out. I just didn't get it. Normally I love musicals but felt the singing and dancing spoilt the story. My husband disliked it so much he said it would be a long time before he went to the cinema again. Expand
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21gramsJan 16, 2017
Painfully average movie and it's getting hyped because hey - it's musical. The story is cheesy and you've seen it like a billion times, yes it's trite. As a musical it's so inconsistent - the beginning is just cheap musical theater that hasPainfully average movie and it's getting hyped because hey - it's musical. The story is cheesy and you've seen it like a billion times, yes it's trite. As a musical it's so inconsistent - the beginning is just cheap musical theater that has thematically absolutely nothing in common with what is going in the movie - it's cheap and lazy and only later on a few jazz pieces and ones with John Legend kinda save they day from absolute disaster. The cast is not not amazing but it does the job and I kinda feel sorry for Ryan Gosling - he is way better than this, but apparently for some mysterious reasons his career is going downhill. I'm sorry, but if this get's best motion picture of year, then academy awards can go to hell, since those are going garbage more and more every year. It's not a bad movie, but it's not great either. It's just painfully average with a lot inconsistencies. I loved the Whiplash but with this one Chazelle felt flat to me, in music terms "it was out of tune". Expand
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swingDec 14, 2016
Acting was great. Dancing was ok Singing was eh. Story was really good and it was serious, and not comedy. There was lots more acting than singing or dancing, which disappointed me some. But, we definitely enjoyed the movie. I'd love to seeActing was great. Dancing was ok Singing was eh. Story was really good and it was serious, and not comedy. There was lots more acting than singing or dancing, which disappointed me some. But, we definitely enjoyed the movie. I'd love to see more movies of this type, but with people who can really sing (Anna Kendrik, Jeremy Jordan) and really dance (are there any around?). Expand
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SpangleDec 16, 2016
Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regardingPostmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare I say already, his magnum opus, La La Land, this theory takes center stage. Presenting a world of nostalgia of past love, of old Hollywood, and of jazz, La La Land takes place in the hyperreality of Los Angeles. Though undeniably a celebration of the past and showcasing Chazelle's admiration for old school filmmaking, La La Land is also a critique of nostalgia.

To critique and subvert rules, however, you must understand them. You must embrace them and then tear them apart at the seams so that may no longer be put together. In the first half of the film, Chazelle does exactly this. With large, kinetic, and detailed choreography and musical scenes, the opening sequence is straight out of 1940s/1950s Hollywood with the golden age of MGM. On the wall of Mia Dolan's (Emma Stone) bedroom is a poster of Ingrid Bergman. Another poster in the common area of her apartment has a movie poster featuring John Lancaster and Ava Gardner. Mia works in the Warner Bros. lot across the street from where Casablanca was shot. She and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) have a first date watching Rebel Without a Cause at an old school moviehouse that uses film. The scene of Mia and her roommates strutting down the road is colorful, bombastic, and embraces the vibrancy of old school musicals. La La Land, right down to the details, is about old Hollywood. Similarly, it is about old school Jazz. Sebastian, a piano player, loves jazz and its history. He dreams of opening a jazz club honoring Charlie Parker in its title and replacing the bastardization of the music he loves with its pure past. With bright spotlights, a deep blue hue to the scene, and gorgeous suits, Sebastian's every look and action embraces the history of jazz. The film lush, jazzy score in these moments and its nostalgic song "City of Stars" embrace this world. Yet, both old Hollywood and old school jazz are merely a mirage now. "City of Stars" - a beautifully written and composed piece of music - is dreamy in its melody. It glides by and paints a gorgeous picture of a world that does not exist. This applies to the elements that celebrated here by Chazelle. They are in the past, though they can still be loved, they are not to be emulated. In creating this world initially though, Chazelle strictly follows postmodernism. He uses Los Angeles' hyperreality to create dream sequences that play out in real life. From Mia and Sebastian tap dancing with a view of the city beneath them or them floating up into the stars in an observatory, Chazelle highlights the city's dream-like state of being. During the entirety of the film, the city has a blue filter over it and the end result is that it feels distant and otherworldly. It never feels attainable and - in the minds of Mia, Sebastian, and the audience - the city exists solely in our dreams. And boy do our couple ever dream. Both have huge dreams and, initially, they encourage one another to follow these dreams. Mia follows her acting dream by writing her own one-woman play. Sebastian joins a band in order to raise funds. However, their obsession with the past tears them down. Mia fails. Her play is a failure and no one attends. Her only hope is a TV show that mixes Dangerous Minds with The OC and bears no resemblance to the old Hollywood style of filmmaking she so adores. Sebastian plays music in a band with a guy he hates as the lead singer and music that betrays the soul of the jazz music he loves. Both have sold out and have careened off course. Why? Because of the nostalgia. They became so infatuated with their love of the past, they tried to live it and become a part of the past. Unfortunately, time travel does not yet exist and this is impossible. Times change and things move forward. If you move to the past, you will be left behind in favor of the future. Here, nostalgia can be a destructive force and serves only to distract one from moving forward and attacking life. For Mia and Sebastian, their love of the past distracted them from their goals and, instead of working towards those goals, their reverse focus led to them walking backwards away from their goals. Their relationship even falls into this nostalgia, as evidenced by the very end. Chazelle breaks up the film into seasons, beginning with winter. Here, Mia and Sebastian are incredibly cold to one another and barely know each other. By spring, things heat up and begin to simmer. In summer, their love is brimming with happiness and joy.
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TheFilmDogApr 16, 2017
My wife and I purchased this film on one of the streaming services and settled in for a pleasant evening of light entertainment on a big screen tv with sound coming from a couple of thousand dollars worth of audio equipment, but it turns outMy wife and I purchased this film on one of the streaming services and settled in for a pleasant evening of light entertainment on a big screen tv with sound coming from a couple of thousand dollars worth of audio equipment, but it turns out we were all dressed up with no place to go. That is, this multi-Oscar winner turned out to be a loser that let us down on every front.

For those who haven't seen it I won't spoil the story by saying that it appears to be an updated tribute to the old musical romantic comedies. Instead of placing the young boy-girl couple back in time, we see them cavorting on the crowded interstates of modern Los Angeles which feature countless Prius Hybrids rather than elegant RR Silver Clouds. The effect is mildly humorous but not romantic. The lack of musical talent in the two leads is neither funny nor romantic. We were reminded of the fact that long ago most entertainers could sing and dance decently if not wonderfully but today's stars are not that versatile. And it's pretty depressing watching the talent lumber across a screen that the old movie-makers would have killed to use for their productions. We live in a time of technical marvels. This movie made poor use of them.

Take the matter of color, for example. The look of the old Hollywood musicals was determined in part by the lack of subtlety of the color film available at the time. Knowing the limitations of the medium the old filmmakers used sets that made a kind of fantastic beauty. Everything looked perfect, though unreal. The control that filmmakers have over color today allows for just about any imaginable look. My question is who would choose to dress the characters as if they were in an old Hollywood fantasy and then photograph them against completely realistic backgrounds featuring brown palm trees, wilted flowers, and roads and buildings that remind us that our country's infrastructure is crumbling (one of the few points that people of all political stripes can agree on).

Finally, I'm forced to ask WHY the audience is supposed to care about our lead couple. There's lots of talent out there working its heart out to get some good, steady work. Why should we want this particular duo to make it. They don't seem especially brilliant. When the young lady isn't selected for a part by a rather rude producer, I found myself thinking "well, I guess he had something else in mind". I mean, her performance didn't immediately grab me. She didn't jump out at me. And that has happened on occasion hen a great actor does a bit part in a film and you find yourself saying, my god! Who WAS that?!

So all in all another mega hit about Hollywood that got great reviews from people who live in that world--I've noticed that film critics seem to give extra points to movies about making movies. I call it the Barton Fink effect.

Maybe I'm getting old and have seen too many movies. But frankly I don' think that's the problem with a La La production that just seems flat and ugly.
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leonardolJan 22, 2017
Beautiful film and great performances, I would say it has a big chance of winning an Academy Award for best picture. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make a great couple in it and have a beautiful chemistry between them.
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moviemitch96Dec 18, 2016
Far and out the best movie I've seen all year, and with the very end of the year rapidly approaching, I think it's highly likely that it'll stay that way! I simply can't heap enough praise upon this film! Everything it about it was absolutelyFar and out the best movie I've seen all year, and with the very end of the year rapidly approaching, I think it's highly likely that it'll stay that way! I simply can't heap enough praise upon this film! Everything it about it was absolutely perfect and amazing! The song and dance numbers were all an absolute joy to watch and did such a wonderful job of paying homage to many golden age musicals and classic cinema! Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have never been better and were perfectly in tune with each other! The story and message is universal and was one I certainly felt that I could relate to and many others as well I'm sure, because if there's any movie that you need to lift your spirits and remind you to always follow your dreams, this is the one to turn to without a doubt! Just when I thought that director Damien Chazelle couldn't possibly outdo himself after 2014's also brilliant "Whiplash", man was I in for a pleasant and more than welcome reality check with this film! Overall, it's a film that made me laugh, smile, and even just about cry tears of joy from start to finish! Why can't more films be as beautiful and joyful as this!? Then again, that's what'll help this film stand out all the more and make it remain not just as an even more unique and special film, but also an even more unique and special experience for years and years to come! Expand
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sonderFeb 20, 2017
I feel like I'm taking CRAZY PILLS! La La Land wins the award for most overrated movie of year, perhaps decade. Does anyone remember Crash? The patronizing L.A. movie that trots out endless, unoriginal "gee it makes you think" race tropes.I feel like I'm taking CRAZY PILLS! La La Land wins the award for most overrated movie of year, perhaps decade. Does anyone remember Crash? The patronizing L.A. movie that trots out endless, unoriginal "gee it makes you think" race tropes. Crash, the Movie that beat Crouching Tiger in the Oscars, and then no one ever watched it or thought about it again? That's how overrated La La Land is. La La Land is a little bit different from the stereotypical musical, and wants the viewer to celebrate these tiny progressions as something artistic and revolutionary. There's no art here. There's no deeper truth. This is a sugar-coated musical that mechanically a little bit of conflict, a little bit of drama, a smattering of bittersweet notes in an attempt to seem real and genuine. But La La Land fails, the script is a **** formula out of a community college drama writing course. It's as fake and self-congratulatory as the Hollywood film industry, pretending to be brave, when it's really a cookie cutter drama. The sad thing is that, like Crash, the critics fell for it. The academy will probably fall for La La Land too. This movie will probably take attention and awards away from movies that deserve attention. Expand
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Rebecca31Jan 13, 2017
With the overwhelming level of cheesiness in the opening two numbers and as I'm not exactly a fan of musicals I was worried I'd hate La La Land. Thankfully my fears melted away in this beautifully captivating story. Perfect chemistry,With the overwhelming level of cheesiness in the opening two numbers and as I'm not exactly a fan of musicals I was worried I'd hate La La Land. Thankfully my fears melted away in this beautifully captivating story. Perfect chemistry, aesthetic set pieces and as for the music, well it's definitely one of the best movie soundtracks in recent years. Not necessarily the songs but the score itself is fabulous. Ryan Gosling looks better than he sings yet he sings better than I thought he would. The show stealer is without a doubt Emma Stone, giving an emotional and Oscar worthy performance. No my heart didn't break but I was lost in this wonderfully dreamy movie. Highly recommended. Expand
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thoodeeJan 2, 2017
Was weary heading into this movie given that I don't care much for musicals, but I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised by this flick. Beautifully shot, nice jazz numbers, and who could not find Emma Stone hot in a "wifey material" kinda way.Was weary heading into this movie given that I don't care much for musicals, but I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised by this flick. Beautifully shot, nice jazz numbers, and who could not find Emma Stone hot in a "wifey material" kinda way. Haven't seen too many classic hollywood films, but this movie inspires you to want to dig and see what's out there. Expand
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sweetdreamplaceDec 28, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Listen very carefully. I cannot imagine being the only person alive who interprets the ending to this exquisitely beautiful movie the way I do? Oh by the way the Oscar race for best picture is officially over two months ahead of time because La La Land will win in a landslide. But back to the confusing and vaguely nightmarish ending. If you insist on labelling it bittersweet then at least recognize it as five pounds of bitter and four ounces of sweet. But here is the clincher. The ending is not real. Think back to when Mia was in the restaurant with her boyfriend and another couple. Bored out of her mind and feeling out of place she is startled to hear the pretty piano motif that Sebastian was playing at the supper club she had wandered into earlier in the movie. Alas the music could not have been playing on the juke box because it was Sebastian's song and at that point he was just a nobody with no record contract. So it is our first taste in the movie that something surreal is taking place. She escapes and meets Sebastian at the movies to see "Rebel Without A Cause." As they are just about to explore their first kiss the screen dissolves. Later on in the movie as shadows start to hover while driving by the same retro movie house she notices it is shuttered up for good. Just like the real life star of the movie James Dean who died prematurely. During the latter half of the movie I was wondering and anticipating when the next song and dance number would take place since the previous four were so swoony and catchy and sweet. Soon Mia and Sebastian have their first serious fight over a surprise dinner Sebastian had made which echoes a line in a Smiths song that goes " I just liked you more when you were hopelessly poor." Sebastian reels Mia back in after her seemingly failed one woman show and after some give and take he talks her into another audition. It is at this point much like another movie set in Hollywood "Mulholland Drive" where the story turns surreal. Mia sings her heart out during the audition in a song entitled "Audition (The Fools Who Dream) with lines that include "and died with a flicker and I'll always remember the flame and I trace it all back to that".
She has one last hesitant talk with Sebastian before heading off for Paris to prep for her breakthrough role. The movie jumps five years later and we see that Mia has obtained stardom as she orders form the very same barista she used to work at and jumps into her mini cab to be shuttled back to the studios we presume. But you sense a chill in the air and a lack of intimacy we have felt throughout for Mia. We discover she has a husband and small child around the age of two or so. Everyone in the audience is asking the same question? Why isn't she with Sebastian her lover and dance partner with the stars? Mia and her husband are heading to some event or something and there is another traffic jam similar to the one that opens the movie but this one is at night. Mia suggests they veer off and they end up stopping at a jazz club. Lo and behold it is Sebastian's club ( he finally opened up his own club) and it is named after Mia's suggestion Seb's with the cute bar note replacing the apostrophe just like she suggested. After some music Sebastian, master of ceremonies appears and spots Mia in the crowd. He sits down and plays "their song" the motif she heard the first time she saw him playing. Her mind is swirling in technicolor musical magnificence as she imagines an alternative life with Sebastian and "their" child. Sebastian finishes the song and Mia decides they should leave. But before parting she glances back at Sebastian with tears in her eyes of memories and what could have been. So why the mysterious and vaguely bewildering ending to this sublime piece of movie making. Think folks. Do you really think it is plausible Mia would not know that Sebastian now owns a club in the very town she has been working in? Although it is not directly implied Sebastian in real life must have died probably while Mia was in Paris and Mia was imagining her love in an alternative setting. We first see Mia in the movie improvising in her car rehearsing. By the end of the movie she has nailed the acting part down with her heartfelt "Audition (The Fools Who dream) song but this heartbreak carries over and fuses with her own life as her true love has vanished as well.
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SomePersonaJan 1, 2017
This movie is cool. I barely had any flaws with it (except that it's not as excellent as Whiplash, of course :) ). This was the director's dream film that he completed the screenplay for even before he wrote Whiplash, and you can clearlyThis movie is cool. I barely had any flaws with it (except that it's not as excellent as Whiplash, of course :) ). This was the director's dream film that he completed the screenplay for even before he wrote Whiplash, and you can clearly tell. The change in location that the director made to Los Angeles (from Boston, I think) was not noticeable at all, especially since this movie makes quite a use of the location. Expand
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JacobDec 26, 2016
La La Land is an incredible film. Fans of old school musicals will enjoy the homage and references the film gives. Those tired of it will appreciate the meta-self-aware approach the film has and how it finds something new to say about it.La La Land is an incredible film. Fans of old school musicals will enjoy the homage and references the film gives. Those tired of it will appreciate the meta-self-aware approach the film has and how it finds something new to say about it. Film buffs will enjoy the care put into the film from the cinematography, inclusion/lack of music, and meta-commentary. All of it comes together to form an incredible whole that deserves to be seen by everyone. Expand
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StevieGJDFeb 9, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I liked this movie and knew my mother would love it. She and my sister then saw it and mom did indeed love it. I thought it was pretty good, by no means great. My wife hated it, which I think is a bit strong. This is a throwback to musical films of the past, the ones my mother loved and had the soundtrack albums for when I was growing up. Though it most closely resembles The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, I suspect most of the user reviewers never saw that 1964 French film, which I liked more than La La Land. There are moments in the movie when I got the feeling it was about to start getting really good then it would stall again for me. Neither of the lead actors can sing or dance particularly well, though Emma Stone is better at both than Ryan Gosling. Their acting and chemistry are great. The travelogue of Los Angeles aspect of the film is very appealing and fun. But, ultimately, this is a movie about two beautiful people whose career choices take them in different directions, which is fine, but not that interesting. It is pure escapist entertainment, which, if done right, can be excellent. The story of a mid 20s actress who is giving up and going home to live with her upper middle class parents and the white guy who is going to save traditional jazz music from the likes of John Legend is not that appealing to me. I get why most people really like this movie. I really do. I knew my mom would. I'd rather rewatch The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Expand
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JamesLJan 30, 2017
I see why the critics rave as it is original and breaks away from the same old themes we get every time. That said, I was bored and could not wait for it to end. From the first scene on the freeway, I knew I would not enjoy this. The problemI see why the critics rave as it is original and breaks away from the same old themes we get every time. That said, I was bored and could not wait for it to end. From the first scene on the freeway, I knew I would not enjoy this. The problem is more me and my lack of enjoyment for musicals and jazz. The plot and character development is wafer thin and it troughs in Legend to try and keep your attention. When I saw Silence just two weeks ago ,I was clued to the chair as the subject matter really has been on my mind since I was a little kid. It is all a matter of taste. This film does not satisfy or interest me. Expand
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kman5473Jan 12, 2017
Everything worked in this film for what the director was going after, and the result is not only the best film of the year, but also one of the best films ever. It's an instant classic, and I want to add this to my collection ASAP. If you'llEverything worked in this film for what the director was going after, and the result is not only the best film of the year, but also one of the best films ever. It's an instant classic, and I want to add this to my collection ASAP. If you'll notice, the major complaint that this film gets is just over the ending. And, specifically, that it's not how the audience wants it to end. Hear me out: those people are stupid and don't know how to watch a film. The core point of this film, and this builds gradually and gracefully throughout, is that sacrifices must be made in order to accomplish your dream(s). This film captures exactly what LA is - a wasteland populated by transplant dreamers too full of regret to not be bitter, to not be made jaded and cynical from a city that will chew you up and spit you out faster than you can scream for help. And its people; self-centered, and ambitious--constantly treading water just to keep their head above water in the hopes that they'll be alive long enough to find their own island of success. If anything, trying to find and maintain true love does, in fact, become the antagonist--just as it is in this film. At the end of the day, the inevitable choice must be made over the questions: why did you move here? What do you really want? To boot, performances by all were incredible. The soundtrack is perhaps the best in a decade. Though it is serious, and a harsh slap of reality to the face of any dreamer out there willing to pack it all up and move out to La La Land to go after their calling, it delivers 100%. Expand
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WaelJan 12, 2017
Soaring and fierce, no wonder La La Land is sweeping all the awards. It is a movie from the heart, to all hearts, very well crafted and visually stunning. The most important factor is the performances. Ryan Gosling just gave it his all, andSoaring and fierce, no wonder La La Land is sweeping all the awards. It is a movie from the heart, to all hearts, very well crafted and visually stunning. The most important factor is the performances. Ryan Gosling just gave it his all, and Emma Stone may have just reached the peak of her career (which she will last up upon with her pretty face and her funny persona). The soundtrack is dreamy and able to take you places. You will not stop smiling while watching this movie, take it from me. This film is gonna be in 10~20 years what Titanic or Shawshank Redemption or any Hitchcock is today. 10++++/10! Expand
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Compi24Dec 15, 2016
In just his second feature film, director Damien Chazelle has transcended to the heights of such auteurs as Jacques Demy and Vincente Minnelli; two other filmmakers who cut their teeth in adapting musical narratives that could only be toldIn just his second feature film, director Damien Chazelle has transcended to the heights of such auteurs as Jacques Demy and Vincente Minnelli; two other filmmakers who cut their teeth in adapting musical narratives that could only be told through the filmic medium. And make no mistake, "La La Land" is one of those narratives as well. Do not read about it. Do not ask your friends for the CliffsNotes version. Don't even preview the soundtrack on your train ride to the theater. Just go and experience this joyous, wickedly funny, impeccably well-realized jaunt through the stars. It's well worth the anticipation. Expand
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Movie1997Dec 30, 2016
Wow oh wow! What a film! After much anticipation, I finally got to see the follow up to director Damien Chazelle's breakout hit "Whiplash". This movie blew me away. For someone who is not into musical's, this one locked me in from start toWow oh wow! What a film! After much anticipation, I finally got to see the follow up to director Damien Chazelle's breakout hit "Whiplash". This movie blew me away. For someone who is not into musical's, this one locked me in from start to finish. Every song in the movie is fantastic and the musical set pieces truly compliment the songs in such stylish fashion. This is very much in the vein of 1940s and 1950s musicals while still being its own thing. The movie is also a love story between Mia and Sebastian played by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. This is not only their third collaboration together, but easily their best. Both Stone and Gosling give the performances of their careers. They bring out a lot of great comedy and make you believe that anything is possible. I believe they both should get best acting oscar nominations. The movie showcases the struggles of following your dreams with the complications of being in a relationship. I love how the title has a double meaning. Los Angeles (where the movie takes place) is also known as La La Land. The place where dreams are made. However, the movie shows how difficult and frustrating that idea can be and how the real world is nothing like the movies tend to make it out to be. Which leads to why the movie ended in such a heartbreaking but touching way. It takes hard work to pursue your dreams, but not everything turns out the way you want it in the end. There are some sacrifices to be made in life and the ending really hit me hard with that message. This is by far the best movie of 2016! It is a beautifully directed musical that presents interesting ideas while paying homage to old classics. I give "La La Land" an A+! Expand
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gxm143Jan 20, 2017
This is a fine movie, no doubt. I did go in expecting more based on the soaring critical reviews (one critic called it the best movie in 6 years, and said he went back 7 times.), so I was a bit disappointed on these standards. However, it isThis is a fine movie, no doubt. I did go in expecting more based on the soaring critical reviews (one critic called it the best movie in 6 years, and said he went back 7 times.), so I was a bit disappointed on these standards. However, it is the best musical I have seen in a long time, it is exceedingly original, and the two leads are stellar. Definitely one to be seen on the big screen. Expand
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infinJan 1, 2017
La la is a genuinely spectacular movie. It is a musical which was not clear to me before I went in, but that just mad me even more excited to watch. La la land. La la is a love story between Gosling and Stone - a tale about a destined romanceLa la is a genuinely spectacular movie. It is a musical which was not clear to me before I went in, but that just mad me even more excited to watch. La la land. La la is a love story between Gosling and Stone - a tale about a destined romance and chasing dreams set amidst a hotch potch of musical eras and themes. It's a musical and visual smorgasbord - and the piano work by Gosling (real or produced) is amazing. the occasional dance scenes reinforced the nostalgia. Beautiful from beginning to end. Expand
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VorheesJan 16, 2017
Set against the backdrop of LA's burghal landscape, Damien Chazelle successfully evokes Hollywood's golden age of cinema. The characters are drawn to LA by the lure of glory and acclaim. From the opening number (gorgeously choreographed onSet against the backdrop of LA's burghal landscape, Damien Chazelle successfully evokes Hollywood's golden age of cinema. The characters are drawn to LA by the lure of glory and acclaim. From the opening number (gorgeously choreographed on one of LA's many freeway exchanges) the aspirations of many of those who dream of "making it big" set up the film to complex these dreams.The common tropes in musicals is starkly evident: opening number to establish current events, introduce main characters and then confuses their wants/needs. La La Land seemingly deviates from this typical structure by setting up their love before finally revealing that pursuing your dreams requires sacrifices- and the film leans heavily on holding onto your convictions of stardom no matter the cost. Chazelle beautifully shows near the end of what the two main characters lives could have been. Dreaming of aspirations despite insurmountable measures is what carries this film throughout- and at a time in the world where hope is needed most. Technically speaking, Linus Sandgren's cinematography is stunning at every measure, further paying homage to a dead movie-musical era; Gosling and Stone work expertly together in two touching performances; above all, the convictions of the film are worthy of among the best films of the year and an interesting case study of American-based hopes for a better life while not letting go of your identity. Expand
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AcaciaFeb 4, 2017
I really did not expect to enjoy this movie. So many people I know hated it. But, I have to say I loved it! From the opening sequence that shows people stuck in a traffic jam on the freeway getting out of their cars to dance and sing, II really did not expect to enjoy this movie. So many people I know hated it. But, I have to say I loved it! From the opening sequence that shows people stuck in a traffic jam on the freeway getting out of their cars to dance and sing, I fell in love. The movie is utterly charming and some parts are dreamlike. Of course, the singing is not up to a Broadway musical's standards, but you just have to love the music. It boils down to a romance between two people trying to make their mark in Hollywood and how it all effects them. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are perfect in their roles, she an aspiring actress and he a musician who wants to make it in the big time. But, I have found that people either love this movie or they hate it. I hope you love it. Expand
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MattBrady99Jan 12, 2017
"I guess I'll see you in the movies".

"La La Land" follows Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for
"I guess I'll see you in the movies".

"La La Land" follows Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight.

Back in 2014, there was a film called "Whiplash" that blew everyone away, including me. It was my 2nd favorite movie of that year and I had my eye out for the director next project. Wasn't very long until Damien Chazelle next film in was in post-production and was already a serious Oscar contender. I think "La La Land" and "Silence" was my most anticipated movies of 2016/17. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

"La La Land" is one of the best musicals I've seen since "Sweeney Todd" and "Singing in the Rain". It's a movie that lifts your spirit up and leaves you smiling though out. Even with today's generation of loud politics, four years of Trump, celebrities dying, and endless amount of pointless controversy. But then comes a musical about two people who are dreamers, that deal with inn conflict and show how dreams can lead to success. By making the impossible possible while living in a place where dreams come to die.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were both dynamite in this movie. The relationship was sweet and relatable that I actually cared for what was going on. Even with the singing and dancing use as a tool that the characters express their happiness, sadness or disappointment was terrific. This is the best I've seen from Stone and Gosling. Both of them sparkle in this musical.

Damien Chazelle, what can I say about this guy. Chazelle as a film making is both amazing and inspirational. He's on a roll recently and if he's next two movies are brilliant, then he is the best living director today. In "La La Land", he follows a similar theme in his previous movie "Whiplash" about fighting for a dream and jazz, but this movie goes for more a light tone than a dark one. For the dramatic elements of the movie, I really like how he lets it go on for awhile as an emotional effect. He also got an eye for spectacle, because LA never looked so beautiful and fairy tale-like. What else is there to say, but Chazelle nailed it.

Without spoiling anything, but the last shot of this movie was so beautiful and yet sad at the same time. Chazelle sure knows how to end his movies and that's with a powerful punch.

My only complaint I have with the movie is that a few scenes could've been trimmed a bit, as it dragged for me. And while the homages to old musicals were fitting, but some was a bit down your throat. I wouldn't say repetitive (because it's not), but more of a "alright, I get it" kind of complaint. That's really it for flaws.

Overall rating: "La La Land" is simply wonderful. It's a firework of joy and excitement that it's really hard not to fall in love with it. I'm already looking forward to "First Man".
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thebombJan 24, 2017
A musical filled with less singing (which was good) und dancing (which was okay) and with more story. This story of two dreamers, who find each other in troubling circumstances will charm you, bind you, but a spell on you and break yourA musical filled with less singing (which was good) und dancing (which was okay) and with more story. This story of two dreamers, who find each other in troubling circumstances will charm you, bind you, but a spell on you and break your heart. A modern setting which feels like a trip back in time to 1960's Hollywood, a great performance by both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, along with original songs and a beautiful scenery, will let you escape the world for 150 Minutes. Let it fill your heart with emotions and live a story you'll never forget. Expand
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PeterAlexanderApr 12, 2017
La La Land is quirky, realistic and heart wrenching. Whilst coated with deliciously shot and acted scenes that will leave you smiling, the film never shies away from the harsh realities of life.
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nahtan1244Jan 1, 2017
I am not one for romance movies but by god was this a fantastic movie. I loved the characters of Emma stone and Ryan gosling. They felt real. Relatable in the sense that they are two ordinary joe's wanting to pursue what they love butI am not one for romance movies but by god was this a fantastic movie. I loved the characters of Emma stone and Ryan gosling. They felt real. Relatable in the sense that they are two ordinary joe's wanting to pursue what they love but struggle at. The camera work and dancing were all fantastic as well. especially at the end which I will not spoil but you should see it for yourself. I love musicals and i love jazz music so naturally i was going to like this movie and i did. The trailers were so bad at advertising for this movie. I highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for a good romance movie with two leads that have fantastic chemistry. I will be so mad if this movie does not win an Oscar of some sort. Expand
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stbombDec 31, 2016
Surprisingly charming and well-produced bit of entertainment. A feel-good movie with a couple of actors who demonstrate their talents, energy, and charisma.
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MasterRileyJan 5, 2017
La La Land is a beautiful film about the loving relationship between Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and their passions for acting and jazz respectively. It tells a really grounded story that focuses on the characters making youLa La Land is a beautiful film about the loving relationship between Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and their passions for acting and jazz respectively. It tells a really grounded story that focuses on the characters making you fall in love with them. The casting is on point, Emma and Ryan give amazing performances and have really good chemistry together. The writing is thoughtful and clever as well, providing a great message and sastisfying twists along the way. And because it is a musical, I of course have to mention the dance pieces. They are wonderful. I love the song choices and the choreography of the dances. I also really appreciated the cinematography, as they chose to use a lot of long takes with smooth zooms and pans to follow the action rather than cutting all the time. And coming from seeing Whiplash I really enjoyed all the little references to that film, I feel as though La La Land is an unofficial sequel to it. Overall, it is a beautifully crafted film with a lot of heart and wonder. If you are a fan of musicals or just great movies in general you need to see this one. Expand
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EpsilonSigmaMuMay 12, 2017
Damien Chazelle gives us another solid example why he is one of the best new directors of the last decade with his ever growing signature style of crisp production design, sublime cinematography, and a mastery of all things to do with musicDamien Chazelle gives us another solid example why he is one of the best new directors of the last decade with his ever growing signature style of crisp production design, sublime cinematography, and a mastery of all things to do with music by perfectly resurrecting the big budget movie musical. Stunning single take numbers, wonderful choreography and composition, and of course the engaging chemistry of the two leads make La La Land a perfectly reasonable choice for the best film of 2016. Expand
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Seymour_MoviesDec 28, 2016
Corky and endearing in the best possible way. Somehow Chazelle is able to make this tribute to old time Hollywood incredibly refreshing. While I would have been happy just watching Stone and Gosling dance and flirt for the entire 128 minutes,Corky and endearing in the best possible way. Somehow Chazelle is able to make this tribute to old time Hollywood incredibly refreshing. While I would have been happy just watching Stone and Gosling dance and flirt for the entire 128 minutes, this movie packs a serious punch as well. The cinematography was insane throughout and really brings the whole movie together. I thought the sound editing in this film was pretty good, save for a few chorus numbers, which is actually great accomplishment for a movie musical. Expand
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dspratlinDec 23, 2016
What’s it about?

An aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, musical style. What did I think? La La Land is simultaneously a loving homage to the golden age of cinema and
What’s it about?

An aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, musical style.

What did I think?

La La Land is simultaneously a loving homage to the golden age of cinema and completely uncharted film territory; nostalgic and new all at once. It delivers the feelings of falling in love in a heady, melodic rush that’s absolutely captivating. It channels films such as "Singin’ in the Rain" and "An American in Paris" whilst navigating the modern pitfalls of romance. But it’s so caught up in the quirky and magical “newness” of its concept that towards the middle it seems to rely solely on that. Unfortunately, this means the pacing feels at odds with the gloriousness of the rest of the film. But the magic returns for a finale guaranteed to take your breath away.
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ImJustCrayJan 3, 2017
I figured this would be a chick flick, boy was I wrong. It's a love story but it's also the love of their arts. The dancing, the music, the way its filmed. Movies like this in my opinion only come along once every 5-10 year. I'm buying thisI figured this would be a chick flick, boy was I wrong. It's a love story but it's also the love of their arts. The dancing, the music, the way its filmed. Movies like this in my opinion only come along once every 5-10 year. I'm buying this so I can enjoy it again. It's a beautiful story. Expand
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TrevorsViewDec 21, 2016
It’s shot in cinemascope, it’s big on pizzazz, it’s packed with bold color schemes, the stage lights appear straight out of a dream, it’s big one minute and quiet the next, and every song and tune will replay in your head days after it’s allIt’s shot in cinemascope, it’s big on pizzazz, it’s packed with bold color schemes, the stage lights appear straight out of a dream, it’s big one minute and quiet the next, and every song and tune will replay in your head days after it’s all over. No, you’re not in the 1950s, and no, you’re not in Kansas anymore. This is the present-day reality. So forget about those loud action movies with no respect for the stage, La La Land proves what can and should be done with the long lost art that is the moving picture.

The joyful musical genre has been in the Hollywood cemetery for too long now, but even rarer now is a musical with entirely original music in an entirely original story, which director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) achieves with expert choreography. While he may give Southern California a bit too overly glamorous of a view with no dark edge, he still recaptures the same zest of West Side Story while cranking the spectacle up a notch. It’s always a challenge for any serious director to stage a film where everyone breaks out into song without it oozing Disney Channel cheese, but Damien Chazelle has done it!

Within Chazelle’s cinematic recreation of Southern California, he fastens our seatbelts through the bumpy relationship between two artists over the course of four long seasons, starting at the heat of Christmas. One is a ruby-red aspiring actress who cannot land an audition, and thus must serve coffee under a careless manager to make ends meet. The other is a Fred Astaire-Dooley Wilson mash-up whose fast fingers command jazz on the piano, no matter what his boss wants him to play. After they first meet over road rage at rush hour, these distracted minds find that destiny has forced them together with coincidental run-ins day after day. Everything after that is as pure and classic as dancing under a full moon.

Once we learn about what these two have in common, boy is it the beginning of a beautiful friendship! He wants to revive Jazz as a modern art form, but she cannot stand listening to it, and this subject alone stems all the other conflicts that these two share over the course of a year. It is a pleasure to see the ups and downs of their romance, even if the other people in their lives are treated by the screenwriter as if they don’t even matter.

Yet it’s not the supporting cast who helps us to understand their relationship, but the numbers that project their thoughts onto the moment. On their first formal meeting, she hears his piano playing as lit by a single spotlight, as if she’s glancing into his own little world. On second formal meeting, they tap dance in front of a skyline at twilight. On the first date, they are swept off their feet—literally, to a dance against the stars in a planetarium. On the tenth date, they sing an Oscar-worthy duet. As time goes by, the dream of making it to the top of the world in Paris quickly diminishes. Her tears swell up along with the audiences’; I’ll even admit I choked up as well, and I’m a man.

This wide variety of tone in music is plentiful yet wisely spare, celebrating the history of cinema magic while wishing the best for its future. Yet also like the oldies it writes its love to, there are one too many white players in the production. There are two African Americans cast, but as dancers on the pier who say not a word, just as blacks were stereotyped in that golden age of Hollywood. If this production was less focused on making a musical spectacular and more focused on showing care and attention to today’s media-frenzied audience, then there would have been a better likelihood for this to surpass those repetitive comic book movies at the box office.

I sincerely hope for the day when people return to their senses and offer their money to movies because of their cinematic quality other than their branding. Considering how much music is now taking over our culture, we could use that reminder of how much music raises our self-esteem when times are hard. After seeing what La La Land can do with both old and new styles of filmmaking, I can absolutely assess that I love musicals all over again! Therefore, I encourage everyone to go see this magical delight to raise the spirits for 2017. After all, tomorrow is another day!
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