“LA LA LAND” – 8 ½
In a word: Refreshing.
Finally, a musical! Yea. A movie without guns and bombs, explosions and terror, blaring sound effects, raw sex and vile language, bad music, unfunny comedy and computerized characters. It should be doomed at the box office, but I suspect the opposite. Why? Because it’s really good. And, it’s at the top of the charts for awards, including Golden Globes for Best Picture, Best actor and actress (Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) and best Director, Damien Chazelle. The Academy Award nominations are not out yet, but I’m sure this movie will follow the trend.
Nothing complicated here. It’s a story about two young people who meet and fall in love. He’s a jazz pianist, she’s a waitress/wannabe actress hoping to be discovered in Hollywood. Naturally, complications set in and nothing goes perfect, as they are both driven by their ambitions that take them in different directions.
What makes the movie is the chemistry between Gosling and Stone, as though living in fantasyland, with scenes reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, dancing and singing under starlit skies. (Gosling is no Kelly, but he sure has the heart) Emma …