La La Land. Possibly the most anticipated movie of 2016. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Honestly, to say La La Land is a magical movie film is an understatement. If Whiplash is Damien Chazelle’s love letter to jazz music, La La Land is Damien Chazelle is his love letter to Jazz Music and acting.
La La Land is the tale of every artist to have existed on the planet. It shows all the various phases artists go through. Having an audition disturbed. Putting years of your life into your passion and leaving the rest of your life behind. Getting ripped off. Finding nobody who understands your love for your art. Fluctuating self-respect, ranging from downright low and giving up to being self-obsessed. Setting for something less than your passion for stability. Losing heart after what you thought would be your lucky break doesn’t turn out to be. And eventually the good times as well. Getting motivated by the people around you. Working hard again after you get that break once after years.
La La Land centers around two people, but it tells us the story of each and every artist, be it a singer, writer, dancer, actor.
La La Land revolves around two people struggling in LA. Mia Dolan (Emma Stone), a struggling actor who works part time as a barista in between auditions. She loves singing and dancing and finds good music worthy of appreciation and mesmerising.
The other person we have is Sebastian Wilder, a jazz music aficionado who too has a plan, which I Won’t be revealing. It’s very different from the archetypes we have had in the past and his story is unique. It’s the sort of twist we all had in Whiplash.
Emma Stone, Emma Stone! She is absolutely lovely as Mia. She is the perfect Oscar contender for Best Actress. She gets every emotion right, every note right, every dance move right. She is flawless in her portrayal of Mia and there is no second in the movie where you can fault her. She is, amazing.
Ryan Gosling. It’s been a damn long time since I’ve seen him do a good lead role. The last one was Half Nelson, in 2006, where he received an Oscar nomination. Gosling was amazing as well, though there were a few missed steps. In the dance sequences, between the big steps, Gosling fell a bit silent and seemed to be lost. This was the only hitch in an otherwise perfect performance. Plus, I’m absolutely positive Gosling learned how to play the piano for this role. Wow!
Both of these actors were marvellous and amazing.
The choreography of this film is W-O-W. The dance steps used and the way they were executed as well. Spectacular. There is a huge large scale dance that takes place on a bridge. It isn’t easy co-ordinating that, nor choreographing. But it was done, flawlessly, without a single error.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling! They were so amazing with their dance! They were perfect!
The movie could not have been as amazing without the right camera angles. No movie can be. And La La Land has the finest cinematography in a long time. The scenes were perfect. Shots of LA all lit up in Stars; Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a building to the left and the world on the right. No movie can ask for better cinematography than this.
Before I move on with more praises about La La Land, there are two problems I found in it. First off, I felt a lack of intensity in the scenes at times in La La Land. I cannot be absolutely certain. The people in the theatre were constantly talking and texting and I was getting distracted a lot. Second, at the beginning, the chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling felt forced. It smoothed itself out eventually, but it still pinches me.
Now, let’s get to the most essential and tiresome job which makes La La Land possible. The director. This year, there is no better directed movie this year in Hollywood, possibly even world cinema. To get the magic out from the script and the director’s mind and put it on display on the big screen is always a tough task. To make people fall in love with your movie and it’s world.
La La Land has the grandest, most magnificent and elaborate dance sequences. Then one of the most visually aesthetic and beautiful pieces. And then a beautiful and moving climatic piece, reminiscent of Miles Teller’s drumming at the climax of Whiplash.
Plus the effects Damien Chazelle uses. Then extracting such intense and intricate work from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Merging all the aspects, acting, choreography, cinematography, dialogues all into one cohesive whole. Then keeping the audience in awe of it and its magic.
Take a bow Damien Chazelle, Take a bow sir. You have directed one of the best Hollywood movies of maybe the past five years (Maybe even better than Inception) and the most magical movie easily. You’re a magician, as I’ve said all along, this movie is your magic. Directing it, your greatest trick. Don’t tell the trick to anyone, then we lose respect (Movie reference. Wink Wink).
La La Land is the perfect send-off to 2016, which has had some of the most amazing movies released in a single year. Udta Punjab, Pink, Finding Dory, Deadpool, Neerja, Civil War, Arrival, Nit Battey Sanata, Doctor Strange, Manchester By The Sea( Yet to watch this, but it has gotten amazing reviews) and Kapoor and Sons.
There is no better send off to all the movie awesomeness we’ve had this year.
La La Land is original, unique and serious. Directors don’t make movies like these anymore. If they do, they’re rarely musicals or imbued with so much magic. I loved this movie a lot. I don’t know how else best to put it.
Magic. Love. Music. Acting. Dance. La La Land.
Rating – 3.5/4
And ending the Three Days, Three Posts frenzy, one of the finest, magical and amazing movies made in this year as well as in a long time. This movie is beautiful, completely original and unique. No one else has made a movie like La La Land, and scavenge all Hollywood movies, you won’t find anything like it. All those who are yet to watch it, or are planing not to or in two minds, watch it. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Close this window, throw this review away and run to the nearest cinema hall and watch this movie.
The perfect movie to end my Three Days, Three Posts. It was something entirely new I did out of a sheer creative impulse to write more. It helped me not only write these three amazing reviews, but also two more short stories and some parts of my novel.
Also, I reached 1000 blog views in a single year as well in these three days as well. Thank you everybody who has supported my blog by coming here and reading what i write and for all the love showered on the blog. Thank you. Here’s to keeping the blog in tip top shape till I write.