It’s awards season, which means it’s time for the slew of much-touted Oscar-contenders, both worthy and over-inflated.
Miraculously, musical romance La La Land is one that not only lives up to the hype, but has the spectacle and heart to surpass it. In short, if this doesn’t win 32 Oscars, we’ll eat our newly-bought tap shoes.
Director/writer/wunderkind Damien Chazelle used the success of his intense jazz drama Whiplash to fund a passion project he’s been pitching – and that Hollywood’s been rejecting – for years. An unapologetic throwback to the classic silver screen song and dance numbers of yore, it states its intentions from the first scene, with a spectacularly choreographed musical number erupting from an LA traffic jam.
From there we meet two star-crossed lovers – aspiring musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) – as they fall in love, and dreams and reality flow and crash together in turn.
Gosling and Stone’s chemistry’s electric, while the score, songs and dance numbers are magnetic. But it’s the ways in which a seemingly atypical romance tale modernises that hits the biggest, most lingering and emotive punch. Bold and totally brilliant.
GT gives La La Land — 5/5