Starring Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blade Runner 2049), Emma Stone (Birdman, Easy A), John Legend, and J. K. Simmons (Whiplash, Justice League), and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, 10 Cloverfield Lane), La La Land has broken a record for number of Golden Globes won by a single movie, and for a reason. Chazelle even added some of his signature cuts of musicians playing trumpets, saxophones, and other instruments from head on! Easily the most aesthetically brilliant movie of the year, La La Land has visually stunning and has incredible acting. The music, of course, was brilliant and well incorporated into the movie (though some of the lip-syncing towards the beginning was a little off). The story brought back the style of the old musicals while putting a modern spin on it. A brilliantly put together and well-cast movie, La La Land was an easy pick for the top 16 films of 2016 and would easily be in my top 5.
When Seb, a struggling Jazz pianist (Gosling) has a series of chance encounters with Mia, a wannabe actress (Stone), they begin to have a relationship builds. Their relationship is questioned, however, because they cannot both pursue their dreams and stay together.
The dodgy patch of lip-syncing at the beginning and during the opening scenes include Christmas decorations in the coffee shop, Mia’s apartment, and the jazz club, and “Jingle Bells” on the soundtrack, but Mia’s phone shows the date as January 25.
Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
- The keyboard that Seb uses while on tour is a ‘seaboard grand’. The model came out in 2015 and is the only keyboard in the world (other than smaller models of the same design) that can do a glissando or tremolo.
- John Legend, a singer and a pianist, had to learn how to play the guitar for his role. Ryan Gosling also learned to play the piano for his role.
- Was at one point set to star Miles Teller and Emma Watson. Teller was dropped from the project in favour of Ryan Gosling, while Watson dropped out to pursue other projects (presumably Beauty and the Beast and circles). Teller previously starred in director Damien Chazelle’s first feature Whiplash.
- Sebastian’s tip about amplifying a car fob’s range by holding it under your chin does work but is not expected to cause cancer. Most key fobs use a frequency that resonates well with water, and the human brain is mostly water.
- The film’s score was recorded in the same studio where Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, and many other MGM musicals were scored.
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