‘La La Land’: A Musical Fairytale Straight From The Jazz Age

February 7, 2017

By Tiffany Skelnik

“La La Land” is a Damian Chazelle directed film and a 2017 Best Picture Nominee. It stars Emma Stone who was also nominated for best actress for her role as Mia, a struggling actress, and Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, a jazz pianist who one day hopes to open his own jazz club. 

The film is a visual masterpiece full of color and light and the musical numbers in the film were extravagant. The love story covers a year in the lives of Mia and Sebastian, incorporating throwbacks and tributes for fans of musical films popular in the 30s, 40s and 50s.

Stone’s acting performance as Mia was fantastic. Through her performance, the viewer can get a sense of Mia’s struggles and the desperation she feels to achieve her dreams. She can go from strong feelings of sadness to love and back again. Gosling’s acting performance is equally strong. We see his love for Mia as well as his passion for his music shine through.

Both Gosling and Stone together deliver an entertaining romance.

Vocally, neither or the two are the strongest of the performers, but the character performances given by both are compelling enough to keep the film going, even though it tends start slow. It is clear why they were nominated for these roles.

In my opinion, “La La Land” is not the strongest film in the lineup for the Academy Awards, although it is the most visually compelling. Fans of old time musicals and musicals in general will probably enjoy this particular film. I’d recommend seeing it.

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