“La La Land” is directed by Damien Chazelle, and it is a musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two people who are living in Los Angeles. Ryan Gosling’s character is aspiring to become a jazz musician and Emma Stone’s character is aspiring to become an actress. Throughout the film these two meet, develop a relationship, and give several musical numbers.
This film, as mentioned recently, is directed by Damien Chazelle, who also directed one of my favorite movies of 2014 and of all time, that movie, is “Whiplash.” Is this movie as good as that one? I will be honest, no. However, it does not change the fact that this movie was spectacular. Let’s start at the beginning, with the opening scene on the highway.
Prior to going into this movie, one of the scenes I was well aware of is the opening highway scene. Before the Golden Globes which aired not too long ago, they did an opening which was essentially their own version of that scene. This scene was done in one continuous shot, and this continued right up a point after the movie’s title came up. Regardless of what you think of “La La Land” as a film, you have to admit if you’ve seen the movie, this opening scene just from a technical aspect, is stellar.
Moving onto the actors, I want to talk about Ryan Gosling’s character of Sebastian. As an actor in this movie, I’d say Ryan Gosling did a great job with his role. His character was well written and well performed. I was able to buy why this guy had a deep passion for the jazz genre and I loved his character for it. It very much reminds me of myself and how I act when it comes to thinking about or experiencing things like movies, elevators, or game shows. There’s one scene where he and Emma Stone were in a restaurant, he played a good dreamer role and it shows in that scene.
You wanna know something? I personally think Emma Stone did a better job in this movie than Ryan Gosling in this movie! Emma Stone plays the lead character in this movie who goes by the name of Mia. After witnessing the performance Stone gave as this character, I will go as far to say that as far as lead actresses go, this is one of the best performances of all the movies which came out in 2016, and I’d say it is up there with Hailee Steinfeld’s performance in “The Edge of Seventeen” as far as 2016 performances go. I was able to relate to her character as much as I related to Ryan Gosling’s and I was able to buy into their relationship.
As far as all the numbers go in the movie, each one kept me moving as the movie went along. None of them were cringeworthy, and I really enjoyed all of them. If I actually had the chance right now to go buy the soundtrack I’d take that chance. My favorite of all the numbers was probably either the opening number, which is called “Another Day of Sun,” or one that’s called “The Fools Who Dream.”
A couple things I want to bring up is just some aspects of the movie that really resonated with me. One, this is kind of a love letter to Hollywood. This movie takes place in Los Angeles and it seems to deliver such respect to the city and what it stands for. Speaking of respect, this movie also seems to bring such respect to dreamers. I don’t know if you know this, but I hope one day I can get a screenplay of mine turned into a Hollywood film. This movie somewhat inspired me and the two lead characters of the film reminded me of myself as a dreamer.
In the end, I was glad I saw “La La Land,” I think it is a must see if you love musicals, movies that take risks, or if you just like good movies with terrific work put into them. I will say, “Whiplash” was personally a better film, which by the way, if you haven’t seen that movie, check it out, it’s worth your time. Although I really enjoyed “La La Land” and I’d love to see it again. I’m gonna give “La La Land” a 9/10. Just want to let everyone know that I have another review coming up soon. Tomorrow I’m gonna go see “Sing”, the newest animation from Illumination Studios, the creators of “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Stay tuned for that review and other reviews coming up as well. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!