La La Land Review: Magical Song-and-Dance Movie Will Whisk You Away
In relationships and in movies, it’s all about timing. So Damien Chazelle’s new movie is the perfect marriage of style and story; a good old fashioned musical about the ups and downs of a love story that struggles to stay in tempo.
Borrowing heavily from the style of a classical movie studio musical, it somehow manages to feel so radical in doing so. La La Land is also an ode to Los Angeles; the city unfurls in all of its technicolor glory.
Beyond the chemistry of its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and a brilliant score, La La Land has the one element that’s essential to a nearly perfect movie; a script that manages to make a well-worn theme; boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl discover that loving someone doesn’t solve everything and make it feel new… and just not new but heartbreaking.
This film will take your breath away and break your heart, even as it helps you find an even deeper capacity to love. Waltz, don’t walk to see the film La La Land!