Reviewing: La La Land (2016)

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "La La Land".

Courtesy of Summit Entertainment. 

by Cole Albinder

One commercial for La La Land contains a review that says something along the lines of “They don’t make movies like this anymore.” And I agree: it’s been years since we’ve seen an original musical on the big screen. Not that anyone hasn’t tried, but it would be very hard to earn a studio’s trust in order to ensure the license to make one. Damien Chazelle, he of 2014’s exhilarating jazz-infused thriller Whiplash, was able to earn a studio’s trust thanks to the glowing reviews and multiple award wins of his first feature. And La La Land certainly is something, with impressive choreography, catchy songs, and excellent turns from stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It’s just that I was expecting a bit more, a longer connective thread that tied the movie together, which is muddled slightly by too many montage sequences. La La Land is one hell of an experience, but one I hoped to mine a little more out of.

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