LA LA LAND
SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT.
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.
La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, has won seven Golden Globe Awards.