I went into the theater for my first viewing in the throes of an existential crisis which come around every other week. It was like I've see this story told before just differently. Keep that fairytale alive Hollywood. Haven't they all struggled to get auditions? The idea that dreams are possible when you are willing to strive for them, but life isn't your own la la land. It is not only the best movie of 2016 so far, but also possibly one of the best of the decade.
I challenge anyone to make something of this quality. After a series of missed connections, aspiring starlet Mia Dolan Emma Stone and passionate jazz pianist Sebastian Wilder Ryan Gosling fall in love and inspire each other to greatness. And after the chorus-like introduction to a city of dreamers, we meet two such sun-gazers: pianist Sebastian and actress Mia. There was never a moment when I felt joy watching any of the scenes, which I suppose was the reason why I was most disappointed with the film. So we got there at 2:15 on a Sunday. This rubs off on Mia and their relationship.
Stone has all these roommates who could have provided a counterpoint to her experience but who just serve as props. They have a small area for toddlers, however they do not do a good job keeping bigger kids out of the area. Reload this Yelp page and try your search again. Then ahead on the right is total insanity. There is no reentry so you can't leave have lunch and come back. It's the kind of film you leave and you don't want the buzz, the tickle, the movie-high to end.
The equipment at LaLa Land is also really special. Have you seen La La Land? The young lovers are clearly meant for. I'm talking about actors like Anne Hathaway Les Mis. It was just Hollywood getting off on Hollywood. Probably yes on a rainy day! The movie is relatively tame compared to Chazelle's last film. The music is insipid and totally forgettable.
The choreography is good and the acting by the stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is nearly perfect. Yet he lands an opportunity to perform in a big band - the only problem is the music will be more upbeat pop funk jazz hybrid that will make him pretty good money but also take him away from his dreams to be the moody jazz pianist. Not sure if employees had ordered lunch for themselves or if this is who they get their pizza from for customers. As both strive for success on their own terms can love survive to deliver us the classic 'Hollywood ending'? You can also search near a city, place, or address instead. The opening sequence took my breath away and I never got it back. I did enjoy the visuals, editing, colours and dancing. Coming to the performances, La La Land features two superb lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, both giving arguably their best performance to date.
The equipment at LaLa Land is also really special. Not sure whether you might have heard of it yet? Gosling talks about jazz throughout the film, but we hardly hear any good jazz, especially not the jazz greats he talks about. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. The songs and dialogue are very uneven and at times the film is incoherently stupid. There are too many cool things to list. Although it is subjective, in my opinion, this film comes nowhere close to a great film or musical. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone go back to inspire us forward.
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. I love that he can grow into the place and tire himself out. But more than that, Gosling captures a real emotional intensity at the film's emotional breaking points, more specifically in the sequence towards the end of the film that I mentioned earlier. Slides and climbing, ball pits and obstacles. Click the x next to this line. The running time was 128 minutes but it felt more like five hours. There are loads of activities for kids like a giant maze including a trampoline, ball pit, ball blaster, slides, and a tubing slide.
The song numbers are great the opening number received a round of applause in my viewing and are an undoubted homage to classic musicals - a thoughtful mixture of old school dance numbers you'd expect from a musical in the 50s, and emotionally-wrenching ballads that hit you where it hurts; there is one particular sequence toward the end of the film which is a real gut-punch. Are we as a people supposed to rejoice that the song and dance of old Hollywood musicals had a tribute film made just in time for the Oscar season? It's pretty new and it's a little bit on the pricey end compared to other indoor playgrounds. But she better not try La Boheme until she's had another few singing lessons. I'm annoyed I'll have to wait so long to see it again, frankly. Five years later - she is a famous movie star married with children and he has his own jazz club where he lives his dreams as a moody jazz pianist.
Shocking that this pallid film is being feted for something it is not. La La Land is one of those movies. But I'll be fair; she didn't have a lot to work with. Boy loses girl, boy and girl achieve their dreams, fade to what might have been. Dont forget to bring socks! Stone is the standout of the pair; delivering an emotionally rich performance as a wannabe star that's full of charm and vulnerability, whether she is singing her heart out or just making small talk.