La La Land (Damien Chazelle,2016): USA

Reviewed by Cyrus Davar at a special screening at the Santa Barbara International Festival

Essentially the best picture of 2016. LA LA LAND was a masterpiece of its own. Heartfelt, poignant, and audacious all mixed together. This exuberant musical drama was simply a breathtaking phenomenon. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were an absolute dynamic duo. Both bringing so much life and emotion to their character’s as if it felt as if you were in there shoes. Simply an ode to 1950’s musical. Director Damien Chazelle creates this story for viewers to story and world. With such a cliche’ story jazz pianist meets aspiring actress girl who falls in love. It has you on the edge of your seat the whole movie. The mise-en-scene was magnificent as if modernism/retro clashed together to produce LA LA LAND. The wardrobe was one of the key things that stood out with emma always wearing green and Ryan Gosling wearing blue. It was almost as if you were following, The colors from scene to scene i was blown away by the overall use of bright colors giving it a quite 1950’s vintage LA. Bringing pieces of LA history back to LA. Once again back to the audience, showing how much history LA had and how much it still currently has behind the fog. Overall this hard headed fable has taken every element of filmmaking and bounded it together. 

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