Per­fect pair in har­mony

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - THE TICKET - La La Land (12) ●●●●● Manch­ester by the Sea (15) ●●●●● Ti­tle rat­ing

Sure to leave a smile on your face as you lap up its giddy joy and bril­liance, La La Land is an­other tri­umph for writer-di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling share off-the-charts chem­istry and the mu­si­cal show­pieces are as­tound­ing; the songs are in­stantly catchy and you’ll be hum­ming them for days. This tough drama sails through some rocky wa­ters to take view­ers on a beau­ti­fully-acted, mov­ing jour­ney.

Casey Af­fleck pro­vides the finest work of his ca­reer and Michelle Williams is ter­rific.

There’s no es­cap­ing the gloomy cen­tral sto­ry­line, but warmth and hu­mour are gen­tly drip fed into pro­ceed­ings.

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