** May contain spoilers.
I’m always a bit late to the part when it comes to seeing movies. After all the hubbub about La La Land I decided it was time to give it a chance. In the past year, it has been rare that I feel the need to go see something in the theater. I will make a point to see a film if a few trusted friends of mine that are film directors and editors give it a positive recommendation. I’ll also go to see a movie if I feel the movie is something I am interested in but it will not translate to blue or streaming. Movies, good movies that is, are a meant to be experienced in the theater. The screen size, the surround sound, even the audience and their reactions can all be important elements of the experience. With La La Land more than a handful of awards, I was expecting something better. I thought the story was enjoyable, and it is a take on the LA experience that I am sure many people in the Film and TV scene Identified with. I know there were many scenes I identified with, but in
With La La Land more than a handful of awards, I was expecting something better. I thought the story was enjoyable, and it is a take on the LA experience that I am sure many people in the Film and TV scene identified with. I know there were many scenes I identified with, but in all, I didn’t really feel any emotional connection to the characters. Maybe that is all part of the joke. It was film full of Hollywood joking at itself. From the “barista turned movie star” cliche. The “LA parties”, The “casting directors” and “auditions”. The scenes overlooking the city, one after the other. At times Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s chemistry was cute but that was about it. Their connection and the film felt very neutral. There wasn’t enough there to feel dramatic, I didn’t laugh enough to find it funny. And there was the singing and the music since this is a “musical”. Maybe I wasn’t prepared for what the traditional musical has evolved into. Neither Ryan Gosling or Emma Stone made me feel confident about their singing abilities. It was clear at some point in the production decisions were made on what was important. Did they want a strong singer or a strong actor, or, a name with some trending star power behind it. Everything is always a tradeoff, I give them both a great deal of credit, but for a “musical” it just goes to show how low the bar has become. There were whimsical sequences and camera work that were fun and refreshing to watch in a year of endless comic book movies. I loved the dance in the stars, and the silhouettes.
The film is worth watching but I personally can’t say its work all the Golden Globes or there was a need to see in it a theater, maybe I am missing something. If you haven’t seen it yet I would wait till its streaming and Netflix and Chill. Having seen it I would binge on 6 seasons of Glee before I watched this movie again.