“La La Land” (2016) // Film Review

Winner of 7 (!) Golden Globe awards and nominated for 11 (!) BAFTA awards, “La La Land” (2016) is taking the world by storm. The colorful whirlwind of music, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling is already coined a classic, and critics and audiences alike are raving about the phenomenal acting, beautiful cinematography and directing, and the epic original music. This is precisely why “La La Land” was also my absolute favorite film of 2016 (perhaps even ever) and why I think everyone should see this unique and inspiring film.

This is a film for dreamers. Hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world and that’s what this movie is about.

Upon winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy/musical, actress Emma Stone dedicated her award to those who dream, to those who aspire creativity and hope, and told them to never ever give up on those dreams – no matter how many setbacks or downfalls you have had. And that’s exactly the message of “La La Land”, which revolves around the story of struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). Both are incredibly talented and passionate about their art, but neither of them seems to be able to achieve their dreams. Mia and Sebastian fall in love in the city of stars, and they take the audience on a fairytale-like whirlwind of color, dancing and creativity.


Leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are simply magical together. Their chemistry, which you might remember from the two co-starring in “Crazy Stupid Love” (2011) and “Gangster Squad” (2013), lies at the heart of “La La Land”‘s appeal and ability to completely absorb the audience. Stone and Gosling effortlessly dance, sing and act their way through the beautiful, imaginative and colorful sets and decors, while still remaining completely realistic and grounded. The combination of the extravagant, incredibly detailed and magnificently colorful production design with the passionate acting of the film’s leads makes “La La Land” such an instant classic. Main characters Mia and Sebastian might be dancing through a planetarium, literally reaching for the stars or twirling around lampposts, the modest story-line and the telling thereof make the audiences feel joyous, sad and bursting with inspiration and creativity all at the same time.

“La La Land” is a 2-hour whirlwind of color, magic and creativity with an undeniable ability to completely absorb and inspire its audience. This film is so beautiful, heart-warming and creative, you never want it to end.




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