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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

La La Land

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An original musical? Ooh-la-la!

I should note that odds were 100-to-1 that I would swoon over an old-Hollywood throwback film and original musical starring Crazy, Stupid Love’s Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. But will you?

If you can sit (without squirming) through the film’s first five-minutes, which is an all-out, non-satirical ensemble number, you’ll experience the most-gushing romance on-screen this year, the most captivating set pieces of 2016, the splashiest costumes of the year and original musical numbers that transport you to something that is more in the future than the past.

Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) has created the film event of the year.

In addition to Chazelle’s vision, this film also owes a lot to the onscreen couple. If this film starred, say, Julianne Hough (Footloose) and Ben Affleck (Gone Girl), this might have been the next Xanadu. Because of Stone and Gosling’s modern and inherent coolness individually, I surrendered to the song and dance storytelling. Plus, there’s that chemistry thing; they are this decade’s Kate & Leo. Together, they have the star power of the giants that made movies like this a century ago. 

Am I still swooning?

Simply put: I can’t stop singing the praises of La La Land. Go see this one on the big screen.

Award potential: It will be nominated for every major Academy Award and will battle Moonlight for Best Picture in February. Oscar loves to reward films about L.A., but they love to make a social statement in political times too. We'll see in two months.

Either way, this is a good year for the Academy to reward Emma Stone (Birdman, The Help).

The Ten Buck Review:
Worth ten bucks.

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