OK, con­fes­sion time – I am not a big fan of movie mu­si­cals.

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Yes, I can recog­nise the de­light­ful sweet­ness of The Wizard of Oz and spent much of my child­hood re­peat­edly watch­ing Grease on video, but I’ve al­ways been more than a lit­tle put off by peo­ple ran­domly burst­ing into song.

How­ever, La La Land ar­rives in cin­e­mas on the back of a wave of glowing re­views and hoover­ing up all seven awards it was nom­i­nated for at the pres­ti­gious Golden Globes – with fur­ther suc­cess at the Os­cars widely tipped.

Know­ing this go­ing in, de­spite my slight mu­si­cal aver­sion, my ex­pec­ta­tions were pretty high – and right from the out­ra­geously im­pres­sive open­ing set on a crowded Los An­ge­les high­way I was hooked.

La La Land is one of those rare movie ex­pe­ri­ences where it’s im­pos­si­ble not to leave the cin­ema with a big smile on your face.

It’s an­other tri­umph for writer-di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle who fol­lows up Whiplash with a very dif­fer­ent mu­si­cally-themed tale that cen­tres on the devel­op­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ryan Gosling’s jazz pi­anist Se­bas­tian and Emma Stone’s aspir­ing ac­tress Mia.

Stone and Gosling shared phe­nom­e­nal chem­istry in 2011 rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love and the pair are off-the-charts again here in a mag­i­cal bond wor­thy of com­par­i­son with genre icons Fred As­taire and Ginger Rogers.

Any wor­ries over the duo’s abil­ity to carry

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