Struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind romance as they both pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. However, their blossoming relationship is challenged when their careers pull them in different directions. Damien Chazelle (Damien Chazelle) wrote and directed this musical love story, which co-stars John Legend, J.K. Simmons, and Rosemarie DeWitt. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Finn Wittrock, J.K. Simmons
Release Date: Dec 09, 2016
Rated PG-13 for some Language
Runtime: 2 hr. 7 min.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music/Performing Arts
La La Land is a rousing bit of filmmaking which is as fizzy and bubbly as the best champagne. Like said champagne, it is a bit light on body. Instead Damien Chazelle dresses up his retro musical with impressive shots and flashy choreography. It’s an incredibly fun film, especially in the first 2 acts, with two magnetic leads. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone bring a dizzying sense of adorableness to their roles. You can’t help but get sucked into this love story as their relationship begins to blossom and grow. It’s an engrossing experience but once you peel back all the frills it’s a pretty bare bones love story tinged with a palatable sense of bitter sweetness. Still it’s a credit to Damien Chazelle that he could take a simple story and infuse so much energy and passion into it. Is it the best film I’ve ever seen, not even close, but it’s a still fine piece of film making.