La La Land (2017)

Director: Damien Chazelle.

Since this film was released, it’s been raved about hugely. My film teachers said they loved it, critics say it was “Audacious, retro, funny and heartfelt, La La Land is the latest great musical for people who don’t like musicals – and will slap a mile-wide smile across the most miserable of faces.” – Ian Freer, Empire. Therefore, my mum and I had to go see it since we love a good musical.

A brief Synopsis…

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to 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. (Google)

Onto what I liked about the film:

I enjoyed the aspect of Jazz, I thought it was really different and opened up the Jazz world to mainstream audiences. Secondly, I liked the humour that was thrown into the film, small jokes and sarcastic comments made the film much more laughable and enjoyable, for example when Mia kept running into Sebastian (especially at the pool party) before they got together. Thirdly, the romantic element was cute and the musical element was catchy. I also found the part where Mia worked within the Hollywood film set different because it was showing a film within a film I guess?  My favourite scene was the opening scene because the use of the Jib, (I assume it was) was amazing and the length of the shot was incredible. The set of all the cars, the colours, the costumes and the occasional band that would pop out from the back of a van was really amusing and entertaining. Lastly, I thought the ending was very emotional, how they set up a different narrative if they had stayed together, that was very sad to see because I did like them as a couple. Therefore the ending was a very emotional twist but I was happy to see that they both achieved what they wanted out of life at the end.

What I disliked about the film:

Okay so there were a few things that bothered me whilst watching the film…although I was immersed into the world of cinema, these little things kept me from relaxing. I didn’t think Emma Stone was the best dancer… during the scenes where herself and Ryan were dancing at the top of the hill looking over the city, I didn’t really think it was that great. I just saw it as being a bit tense rather than smooth and elegant. Secondly, I wasn’t a big fan of most of the songs. Some of them were quite catchy and lively, however I did find a few annoying. ‘City of Stars’ is a simple soundtrack however I found it a bit boring. But, maybe that’s because I’m a teenager who prefers upbeat music!

Overall:

I did thoroughly enjoy the film, the humour was good, the music was enjoyable, but the narrative was just a romantic love story which I found quite predictable. The opening and closing scene were my favourite scenes throughout the film because they were the two scenes that gave me a particular response as a spectator. I have seen a lot of people rave about this film saying it was spectacular and brilliant, which I agree with, however to a certain extent. It was a very entertaining film for all ages however I didn’t think it was worth a huge hype.

4/5*

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