'La La Land' film review
It's fitting that my first review of 2017 was the best film of 2016 ('La La Land' was technically released in 2016, it just took a very long time to be released in the UK). This film has changed me. This film is a worthy winner of Best Picture and if it doesn't win, I'm pretty sure half of Hollywood would stage a coup. 'La La Land' stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and follows the story of two people trying to make their dreams a reality in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Damien Chazelle, and I want you all to remember that name. This is his second film (his first was 2014's 'Whiplash') and his directing for this film is just exquisite. It had the flair of a classic movie but it was set in the modern era, which was a really nice twist stylistically.
The story itself was brilliant. It was quite a simplistic story, but it had so much richness and heart that you barely notice. Ryan Gosling excellently played passionate jazz pianist Sebastian and Emma Stone shone as aspiring actress Mia. I'm pretty sure that Stone is headed straight for Oscar gold with her performance, and she deserves it. The chemistry that Stone and Gosling have together is undeniable and I felt very connected to them as characters. This film pulled a lot of emotion out of me to the point where I needed ten minutes at the end of the film to stop crying. It had this deep emotional feel throughout but there was also a warmth to it that had me smiling most of the time I was watching it.
Now, 'La La Land' is a musical, which may put some people off initially, but this is a musical for people who would normally hate such things. The music is incorporated so seamlessly into the film and is so much at the core that it would not be as brilliant as it is with without the songs. The music itself is beautiful. I've got it on my Spotify now and I'm addicted, particularly to 'Another Day of Sun', the opening number. This film deserves full marks, and it's not even something I questioned.
'La La Land' is, to put such a glorious love letter to visionaries in a word, enchanting. It is a masterpiece of modern cinema and worthy of its many nominations. The overall message of 'La La Land' is a simple and encouraging one: follow your dreams, no matter how mad and wild they may be. After watching this film, I felt this overwhelming urge to follow my dreams, even though in reality I have only a few, and some so big that I could never imagine in my most delirious daydreams even happening. But 'La La Land' sang to me in its own magical way, to follow them. So here I am writing in this blog. A small step towards a bigger goal. So....here's to the fools who dream.