The first thing that springs to mind when La La Land first starts, are those movies that we hade in the golden era of Hollywood, those musicals with vibrant colours, wonderful songs and something special to watch.
Mia (played by Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress and Sebastian (played by Ryan Gosling) who a dedicated jazz musician, are struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts.
With a rather lavish and colourful musical piece to kick off La La Land and wWith modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, the movie lifts your spirits before the film has even had time to pull you in.
La La Land is beautifully directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), it’s not only a movie that looks great, with its lovely use of colour and lighting to bring this modern-day musical to life in scenes that become a fantasy to the viewer, but it also sounds amazing, the musical pieces in the film work so well that you become engulfed in the moment of film.
The movie also helps with the feel of one of the old musicals from the 50s with some wonderful choreography to run alongside the musical pieces.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling work well together on the big screen as they go through a year of ups and downs in a movie that runs for just over 2 hours. The supporting cast, which includes singer John Legend also bring the wonderful story to life.
The soundtrack for the movie is one of that that has you humming tracks on the way home from the cinema, I’m not a big fan of Jazz, but you know what, I may be after seeing this. The music was masterfully done, it worked so well in the moments that it was used in the movie.
La La Land is a pure joy to watch, it’s charming and visually delicious from start to finish, it’s a rarity for me to enjoy a musical, but this one is the best I’ve seen in a few years.