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!


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  • Lou Ann
    December 28, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    My whole family saw the movie together last week and loved it. I’d love to go back and see it again. Why can’t there be more movies like this?
    I hope your holidays have been wonderful – hugs to all your girls (and Eric).

    December 29, 2016 at 12:37 am

    BECAUSE YOU recommended it I will GO SEE IT!I so miss the old movies…..NO GUNS, NO VIOLENCE.
    WE need MORE love stories and family shows with ANIMALS!!!!!!!

  • Jennifer
    December 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Saw it last night and loved it!!

  • Sheila
    December 30, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Saw it…loved it! Thanks for the wonderful blog!

  • Jennifer
    January 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    So glad to hear you all liked the movie! Wishing you and all the family a marvelous new year. Let’s all get together soon!

  • Jennifer
    January 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Glad to hear that you saw and liked the film! So much fun to see you on New Year’s Eve! Such a fun gathering!!!

  • Jennifer
    January 2, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I totally agree with you about needing more love and family stories, especially with animals! Let me know what you think of it after you’ve had a chance to watch it.

  • Jennifer
    January 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Glad to hear you loved the film! Thanks for following. Sending you all my best wishes for 2017!

  • Suki
    January 2, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    What a great recommendation. It never would have occurred to me. Beautiful story, production and great acting. A film we can all relate to even if a few tears were shed at the end! We have all been there.