La La Land
In a throwback to the golden age of Hollywood writer-director, Damien Chazelle brings us a modern-day story about boy meets girl in the musical comedy, Lala Land. This film takes place in Los Angeles and begins with a musician named, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who plays the piano in a jazz bar owned by Bill (J.K. Simmons). He dreams of opening his own jazz bar and one day he meets Mia (Emma Stone) an aspiring actress who serves coffee to the stars. Of course, the two fall in love and talk about their dreams and how they can accomplish them. Unfortunately, as their dreams begin to come true they interfere with their love affair. Sebastian meets a band leader named Keith (John Legend) who asks him to join the band, while Mia is asked to audition for the role of leading actress. Of course, these situations will take the two lovers to different parts of the country and tear them apart. Naturally, this film is full of singing, dancing, romance, and a little humor. This has everything I love in a musical – except the dancing which I can’t see. The movie has dialogue like the contemporary movies from years ago, where people are talking and they just starting singing. A little mind-numbing for those who aren’t fond of musicals. The soundtrack is mostly jazz and some of my favorite music to listen to along with a little pop. All the credit must go to writer and director, Damien Chazelle, who pulls the best out of everybody – especially Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. If you enjoy musicals, you shouldn’t miss this outstanding movie. This film is unique and one of my favorite of the year and I’m giving it an A rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.