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La La Land

#1 Post by kevinknapman » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:21 pm



Damien 'Whiplash' Chazelle's La La Land is joyous homage to old school Hollywood musicals, a love letter to the city of LA and a tribute to those that dream of making it on it's hallowed streets.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone bring considerable charm and chemistry to Sebastian and Mia, a struggling jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, who in time-honoured fashion start off on the wrong foot before, well you can probably guess the rest. Or can you?
Chazelle's playful use and subversion of such cliches keeps you guessing until the end on how this will all play out.
Along the way are plenty of surprises and delights. An all too brief JK Simmons cameo as a restaurant owner, Sebastian's stint playing the synth in a terrible 80's covers band much to Mia's mocking amusement, A conversation about the death throes of jazz which has Mia bringing up the dreaded Kenny G, while a trip to a faded picture house to watch Rebel Without a Cause ends abruptly at the Griffith Observatory scene, only to prompt a visit to the same location for a glorious gravity-defying dance sequence, all of which leads up to a riff on the extended ballet scene in An American in Paris.
La La Land is essential viewing for those who don't think they make 'em like they use to. Wonderfully pure and exhilarating cinema that should be gathering in all the accolades come awards season and rightfully so.
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Re: La La Land

#2 Post by prettyxcool » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:33 pm

Very disappointing. Girl/boy meets boy/girl story, and career vs romance, felt a little flat for me. The first hour and a half was all so slow and quite boring, but very pretty to look at. The jazz that the aspiring jazz player plays is not the lively jazz I was expecting, it is all so slow, that I really needed matchsticks to keep my eyes open, and the two main characters are quite weak and have only their dreams that is of any interest. However, the last part picks up when Ryan Gosling teams up with John Legend, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are better at acting than singing and dancing. The two leads saved the movie for me as their acting was excellent. And I did enjoy goggling at Ryan Gosling, but I thought he was wasted in this.

I did not feel the energy or the joy that you get from the old Hollywood musicals, which I believe this was a homage to.

7/10
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Re: La La Land

#3 Post by RevKeith39 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:39 am

Huge disappointment after all the hype. A song and dance film with no good songs and very poor choreography. Acting from everyone was first-rate. Which begs the question; why not choose actors with musical theatre background? The 'jazz' was banal, as any jazz fan will tell you. Cinematography was excellent. In the end I wondered why it was a musical at all. The basic story could have been told in 90 minutes instead of 128 minutes with added hoofing. In good musicals the singing and dancing flows out of the situations. Here they felt add-ons with no dramatic purpose. 6.5 only.
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#4 Post by prettyxcool » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:44 am

Totally agree with you RevKeith39. Wondered why it got such rave reviews for the song and dance! LOL :roll:
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#5 Post by The Sparrow » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:14 pm

Banal, lacking in passion, superficial and a terrible let down after the wonderful Whiplash.

I struggle to understand why this is garnering so many award nominations. The acting is fine enough but nothing special and the film is mediocre at best.

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#6 Post by prettyxcool » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:30 pm

Also I forgot to mention at the screening last night at Vue Islington, about 5 minutes before the film was due to start the Rep from O2 popped his head into the Screen and saw that it was half full and then a crowd of people came in to fill those empty seats, and even after the film started for about a minute, another group of people came in to fill the last of the seats, even the odd seats here and there. Wonder where they came from, perhaps, he persuaded all the people queuing up for tickets in the cinema foyer, to come into the free screening? Very strange! :roll:
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#7 Post by sfancy » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:26 pm

That is so random! Maybe they had them on a stand by list?

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#8 Post by missgotty » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:30 pm

La La Land was extremely boring, so boring I nodded off. I really wanted it to be great. Brilliant acting and music, apart from that slow tune they keep playing throughout the film which makes you think somethings exciting or dramatic is going to happen and never does! I don't understand all the hype and nominations about this film it's really blah.

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#9 Post by prettyxcool » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:39 pm

sfancy wrote:That is so random! Maybe they had them on a stand by list?
So many? Weird ;) You would expect no more than a handful to be late, but a bunch, at least 20 people! :roll:
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#10 Post by The Sparrow » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:13 am

prettyxcool wrote:
sfancy wrote:That is so random! Maybe they had them on a stand by list?
So many? Weird ;) You would expect no more than a handful to be late, but a bunch, at least 20 people! :roll:
I wonder if they were sent to the wrong screen and then diverted to the correct one.
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