TIFF 2016 Movie Review: LA LA LAND (USA 2016) ****

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

la_la_land_poster.jpgLA LA LAND (USA 2016) ****
Directed by Damien Chazelle

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Amiée Conn, J.K. Simmons

Review by Gilbert Seah

LA LA LAND marks the return of the Hollywood musical but done here with a fresh take. The film tells of the conflict between following ones dreams against sacrificing them up for love.

This is what a couple Ryan Gosling, a budding jazz musician and rising play actress Emma Stone face. The film begins with an impressive set up of an extended song and dance number that takes place on a busy highway in Hollywood where the drivers exit their cars to do their thing.

The film offers two alternative endings but the one to be followed is the most likely but not the most obvious one.

The songs especially “City of Stars” are catchy and this song should have one humming in the aisles. Gosling and Stone make a lovely couple.

A few cliched parts like the meeting of the couple (chance argument on the highway and in coffee shop before chance meeting again) mar an almost perfectly executed romantic musical.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je0aAf2f8XQ

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