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La La Land (M) Star­ring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Direc­tor Damien Chazelle

Strug­gling jazz mu­si­cian Se­bas­tian (Ryan Gosling) and as­pir­ing ac­tress Mia’s (Emma Stone) re­la­tion­ship doesn’t start off on the right foot.

La La Land opens in a traf­fic jam on an LA free­way where a crowd of driv­ers and pas­sen­gers break into song and an en­er­getic dance rou­tine, leap­ing off cars in a colour­ful trib­ute to retro mu­si­cals.

Se­bas­tian stays in the car lis­ten­ing to jazz pi­ano on cas­sette and Mia is on her phone in her car.

The traf­fic be­gins to move, Mia doesn’t no­tice and Se­bas­tian honks his horn at her — the pair’s first in­ter­ac­tion.

Over the sea­sons they con­tinue to cross paths, while the jazz purist is forced to play Christ­mas car­ols and later in a cheesy 1980s cover band to make ends meet and the ac­tress-in-wait­ing goes through a string of au­di­tions when she’s not work­ing as a barista.

As time goes by they fall for each other and the au­di­ence is treated to mo­ments of beau­ti­ful dance be­tween the young lovers as they en­cour­age each other to fol­low their dreams.

There’s a lot of ma­jor-awards buzz sur­round­ing the film and cast for good rea­son.

Gosling and Stone have a con­vinc­ing chem­istry on screen, per­haps be­cause this is not the first time they have worked to­gether — both star in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gang­ster Squad.

Direc­tor and writer Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) seems to have a gift for mak­ing films about mu­sic.

As well as pay­ing homage to the mu­si­cals of the 1940s and 50s, the film also gives a nod to clas­sic cin­ema, in­clud­ing Rebel With­out a Cause. This film’s rein­ven­tion of Hol­ly­wood’s hey­day of mu­si­cals is sure to en­cour­age a whim­si­cal re­turn to view­ing some clas­sics in the genre.

La La Land screens at Kar­ratha’s Moon­rise Cin­ema this Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 12.

Pic­ture: Sum­mit En­ter­tain­ment

La La Land, star­ring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, has won seven Golden Globe Awards.

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