La La Land is directed Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and is about A jazz pianist who falls for a aspiring actress in modern day California.
In an erie that consists of pop culture, Wi-Fi and The Kardashians it's rare to find something other than the latest iPhone that truly blows you away. La La Land is a rare exception of a film that whole heartedly transports like no other thing can.
La La Land is an absolute breath of fresh air; it takes us on a journey through a bygone erie that is brilliantly reimagined in a refreshing a new way thanks to Chazelle. With nods to original Hollywood classics and glimmers of past musicals, La La Land sees a new generation of the genre being renewed for modern day audiences as it pumps life back into the Musical theme. Being able to stand out on it's own with a completely original soundtrack that screams at you to start tapping your toes and shaking your hands. However the 'Musical' element isn't overused and certainly never feels out of place, every song in the film fits perfectly with the tone and the atmosphere of the characters and the story.
Gosling is brilliantly strong minded as a fantasising, smooth talking pianist. As is Emma Stone who is definitely oscar worthy as she take on the role of a beautiful, struggling young actress who much like Gosling dreams of a life she has always wished for; the two of them were inseparable as a couple, the chemistry was so strong between them and they both carry the film fantastically. The two are characterised by their dreams - One of the most impressive parts about this films is it's cinematography; for the entire two hour duration of the film there is not one shot that doesn't have it's own striking feature, the way bright, bold colours were used not only to represent the energetic buzz of Los Angels but to match characters outfits and to match the tone of the film during certain scenes. Even side shots that follow characters down the street and scenes fading into another ooze style and grace, and are too huge nods to how classic film used to be shot.
So it has it's acting, it's music and it's stunning visuals but put all that aside and you truly notice how many strong messages La La Land choses to touch on. It's originality compliments itself as it depicts the brutal honesty of the film industry in Hollywood but certainly not in a grotesquely negative way, it simply raises points that nobody has mentioned before and somewhat opens your eyes to see what's really important. We are taken on a journey not to not only see these two people fall in love but we truly see them mature and blossom as young adults. The most striking feature about La La Land is it's ability to really unite people in a world that at times seems so divided. The overall message of the film is joyful but it certainly doesn't lie to you. It is truthful but it delivers with such positivity and elegance. No matter what, not only in the film but outside the film as well, I have seen people of all different types come together with each other to see this film. It's just so powerful to see a film bring people of all ages together like no other film has done.
Overall, La La Land is pitch perfect on every account, it delivers with such charm and grace, it's beautifully stylistic cinematography gives the film so much purpose. It raises important messages and in the right moments bursts into scenes of song, dance and Technicolor. This film can be enjoyed by anyone, if your a fan of Musicals, Romance, Comedy or Drama. One can confidently say that they do not make films like this anymore, La La Land is one of the best films in modern cinema today and one of my new personal favourite movies of all time.
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