Review: La La Land
Director: Damien Chazelle
By Zachary Sheridan
Presented in CinemaScope, the modern yet nostalgic La La Land is a throwback to Hollywood’s heyday musicals with its simple story, bold colours, and elaborate production numbers.
On the back of the electric Whiplash (2014), director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz team up again to produce something magical, underpinned by a soundtrack that, when listened to, can even turn public transport commutes into journeys of love and wonder.
Echoing Keith’s (John Legend) statements on jazz, La La Land shakes up the traditional form with unbroken shots, its sympathy to modern day creatives (auditioning is hard stuff), and the honesty of its leads – Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling aren’t the showiest of triple threats, but there’s refreshing meaningfulness in their work.
What’s most inspiring is the passion that drives protagonists Mia and Sebastian, who live and breathe their dreams with patience and perseverance. As 2017 looms large, La La Land reminds us to dream big.