I'm with Ken
Posted by Reagan on 1/23/2017, 12:47 pm, in reply to "Anybody here see La La Land?"
I personally found it delightful; I even went back to see it a second time, to take some friends. I mean, yes, very little of the film is original --its big, climactic scene (the huge "what could've been" dance sequence at the end) is centered around two pretty straight rips of other, better films (The Red Shoes and Raging Bull) -- but these little quotations and references clearly come from a deep love of cinema history, and I found it charming for the most part. And a great number of the sequences just made me giddy: the second musical number with Stone and her friends, the date at the observatory, etc. It doesn't have much of anything to say about 'following your dreams' that other movies haven't said before, but again, I just couldn't be too bothered by that when I was having such a good time.
Stone is remarkably charming and compelling, the musical score is honestly gorgeous and extremely memorable, the structure of the film is clever, the lighting is glorious throughout -- just a wonderful little experience of a film, to me.
I will agree that Gosling isn't great, and that the plot is very much a Point A-to-Point B deal -- I'm still especially annoyed that John Legend shows up EXACTLY when the plot needs him to, and his random gig just HAPPENS to become an obscenely popular band, but, again, it's hard to care too much when the film is so enjoyable. At least it was to me. Manchester is indeed slightly superior, though, I'd say.
You should see Moonlight, Matt.
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