La La Land stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and tells the story about two inspiring people who meet and both have dreams of their own, but soon find that in this town some sacrifices must be made for those dreams to become reality.
I’m not the biggest fan of musicals. I don’t hate them or anything but they’re not my go to genre although I have enjoyed some like Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. This film is the best musical I have ever seen and all the musical numbers are absolutely terrific but one stands out above the rest: City of Stars, which is one of the best musical numbers ever composed. It’s absolutely beautiful and Ryan Gosling deserves praise for how he sings and performs his musical numbers. This man is one of the best actors in the business working today and in La La Land he doesn’t disappoint. He’s fantastic here and he has wonderful chemistry with Emma Stone, who gives the best performance of her career. They are magnificent together. Gosling is an inspiring Jazz Musician and Stone is an inspiring actress and both try to make it big by accomplishing the American dream.
This movie is a love letter too people who have dreams and who will stop at nothing to accomplish them despite every roadblock presented in their way. Director Damien Chazelle directs this movie with passion and self-confidence and L.A. has rarely looked this good. The city becomes a character that flourishes and becomes vibrant in every shot. The musical numbers all feel like they’re apart of the story and they never get boring or repetitive. This soundtrack is absolutely amazing and the opening musical number is one of the best openings of any movie this year. This is a good blend of musical and story-telling since the songs never overburden the film. Damien Chazelle deserves to get nominated for this movie.
The only gripe I have is the ending, which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen the film, but I’m still unsure how I feel about. I understand why the film ends the way it does but it is something I need to think about. However, it certainly isn’t cliché and that’s praiseworthy.
Overall, La La Land is a charming, gorgeous, beautifully directed, wonderfully acted by it’s outstanding lead actors and offers terrific musical numbers in the process.