Review: La La Land – A Magnificent Masterpiece

Posted on 14 December, 2016 by Team Wishberry

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Everything you’ve heard about the film so far doesn’t even cut to what the film does to your soul. La La Land shakes you up and awakens you to experience magic. The film is wonderful in every department – no wonder it won eight Critics Choice Awards including Best Director and Best Picture, has been nominated for 7 Golden Globes and is being predicted to rule over Oscars 2017 as well.


The plot follows Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who works at a coffee shop in the Warner Bros. Studios, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a passionate jazz musician who’s figuring out a way to bring the magic of Jazz back. The two fall in love in a city that is known to destroy dreams and break hearts.


La La Land acts as a window that transports you back in time while being set in modern day Los Angeles. Director Damien Chazelle skilfully walks you through the everyday life of one of the most amazing love stories you’ve experienced in a long time.


It opens to a traffic jam on the freeway, where a woman while singing to herself introduces the audience to the colours and sound that the film would further put on display. #TBH I didn’t quite enjoy the opening track, which is the only thing I was not amazed by; the rest of the film had me awestruck.


The original songs by Justin Hurwitz, with the lyrics of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will have you elated in your seat, just until you flush through the choreography by Mandy Moore. While the haunting yearning of ‘City of Stars’ wasn’t enough, Emma Stone’s grace will make you want to experience the joy of dancing in the arms of someone you love. And, what do I even say about Ryan Gosling - as if his charm wasn't enough, the man has learnt to play the piano, he's singing and dancing and is romancing with the goofily adorable Emma.


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Linus Sandgren’s cinematography makes every scene look like a painting – the bright colours of the evening sky, the solo play of lights, and the subtle hints of monochrome even in tense scenes are breathtakingly gorgeous. La La Land is the epitome of smart filmmaking. Every scene oozes of skilful effort, and blood and sweat that the entire team has put into making this dream of a film happen. In all that’s being created, the film also is an ode to classic Hollywood.


The lead cast literally walk, twirl and fall in love among the stars. I overheard someone at the theatre say that they (Emma and Ryan) are the new Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, and I couldn’t contain my tears of joy to have someone read my exact thoughts.


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The final scene is as adrenaline-charged as the jazz pumped beats of Whiplash. The tempo suddenly switches its rhythm and the scene jumps right out of reality to confuse you a bit, until the heartfelt smile of the lead actors reminds you of how beautiful dreams are.


The film will stick a beat in your foot and compel you to dance with someone you love the minute you get out of the theatre. All in all, it reminds us that filmmaking is an art and that new age films can still be as magical as the classics.


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