La La Land Review
As we hope 2017 will be better than 2016, film is the best way to take some time off. This year has begun with Golden Globe darling La La Land. The story follows Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz pianist, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is important: Your Passion.
At this year’s Golden Globes it took a record seven wins, including Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical (Emma Stone), Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical (Ryan Gosling) and Best Picture. Whilst it may of alienated some of the audience with a mediocre musical number at the beginning, the film leaped back to a brilliant film quickly. Not only was La La Land an interesting, sophisticated film it’s OST (composed by Justin Hurwitz) was brilliant on its own. Whilst it is obviously in a musical style, the combination of Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend and the rest of the cast is truly, quite gobsmacking.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling lay on the charm in Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s love letter to the golden age of Hollywood however, La La Land isn’t a the best film of the year, but it is a film that will keep you warm in the cold, January afternoons. Yet it’s an elating ramble of a film, ardent and full of feeling, passionate but also perfectly controlled. Whilst at some points it wasn’t an amazing film, it’s a musical. It’s meant to be cheesey! Musically it is brilliant, one of the best since The Sound of Music, and quite simply, a masterpiece. I highly recommend this film and you may think that“No! It’s a musical. It will be cheesy and boring!” Ignore your brain, because this film will hit you at the heart, and you may not like the ending but sometimes with films it’s tough! You can’t change the ending!
A film cannot be perfect, some have come close, La La Land one of them but you know, it’s a film. You enjoy it for two hours and think about it for the rest of the day and that’s usually it. This is a sophisticated, ardent film and thanks to it, 2017 has got of too a good start.
By Archie Wingate