LA LA LAND (2016)
A film by Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
The setting for La la Land is in L.A. traffic jam with people into their cell phones passing the time waiting to press on the gas pedal. Our two protagonists here honks the horn at each other in frustration not until later they will meet again and now ladies and gentlemen you have boy meets girl may the music begin.
Damien Chapelle has found a way to make a musical picture to make it fresh and unique. When he went to Harvard to study film he was obsessed to the point of doing some day a musical, he grew up watching old musical from the 40’s to 60’s. It is a musical old fashion style with a bolder, modern style with a thoughtful mixture of old school dance numbers you’d expect from a musical in the 50s, and emotionally-wrenching ballads. The film again looks and acts like a classic musical but frequently we see low-key reminders that this is modern-day; actresses using their iPhones, a video being seen on Youtube, etc to remind us that this is set in the present day. The cinematography is beautiful and overall the film is visually stunning with candy-colorer costumes and the decor with pastel colours. The scenes were shot outside and not in a studio as Gostling said in an interview when he was in Paris to promote the film Chapelle wanted it like that a natural setting so we had one shot at this and the revershal paid off.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are phenomenal in this picture, the chemistry is there plus the dancing is perfect. I leave you with this at least Chapelle makes you dream and thank god he ended the film like he did because I thought he was going to go the other way. Voila!