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La La Land
乐来越爱你

Opening Date
08 Dec 2016
Rating
PG13 Some Coarse Language
Runtime
128 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director
Damien Chazelle
Cast
Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Finn Wittrock
Synopsis
Aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) is struggling to make it within the big city. She meets cocky but charismatic jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), and they soon fall in love, right in the heart of Los Angeles. As success mounts, the pair realizes that the dreams they have worked so hard to maintain now threaten to tear them apart.
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By Thompson  08 Dec 2016
There are very few films left in our modern age that can evoke, in the truest sense of the word, movie magic. La La Land's melding of musical extravagance, low-key realism and sophisticated innocence will charm its way to many people's top 2016 movie lists, and deservedly so.
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There are very few films left in our modern age that can evoke, in the truest sense of the word, movie magic. Hollywood's safe, formulaic blockbusters have for years shouldered much of the blame, but in ill-concealed irony, it is now a retro musical film precisely about Hollywood itself that has completely changed the game. La La Land is that rare, cherished film. Unwatchable in anywhere else but a theatre, La La Land's bittersweet optimism will move hearts, provoke the soul, and perform much more indescribable things to our feelings.

La La Land - an unofficial nickname for Los Angeles and its aspirational, starry-eyed inhabitants - begins with the story of two dreamers who juggle part-time work while trying to achieve success through their individual passions. Mia (Emma Stone) hopes to be an actress and works as a coffee barista on the side, while Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) desires to open his own jazz club, but settles for mediocre restaurant and party gigs instead.

Predictably, as these stories do, both eventually meet and fall in love. Unpredictably, however, is how events unfold after that. Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) is fully committed to his depiction of old-school Hollywood glamour. The almost unreal starry nights, pastel sunsets and colour-coordinated romance lend an irresistible air to La La Land. But Chazelle also understands when to strip fanfare and return to the basics. This is evident with the film's most recognisable musical number: 'City of Stars', a simple piano duet by Stone and Gosling whose chords shyly show up during pivotal plot moments.

The two leads, now in their third feature film together, brim with wit and chemistry. Stone, in particular, is a joy to watch: her monologues are exquisitely delivered, heart-rending fare. Both have worked hard for La La Land: neither have ever danced or sung in a movie before, with Gosling also learning how to play jazz piano for three months. Keen-eyed audiences will notice Chazelle's homage to this via long takes and single continuous shots when Gosling works the keys. This is also part of La La Land's overall visual beauty: many of its scenes are filmed in a single, unbroken shot. Most movies just aren't filmed like that anymore.

What if you generally aren't a fan of musicals? Here's a tidbit: Chazelle understands. According to a WSJ interview, one of his biggest dreams was to 'make a movie that people who think they don’t like musicals would like.' It's worth observing how he eases audiences into the music, given how Sebastian and Mia almost never burst into song. So give the film a chance.

La La Land's melding of musical extravagance, low-key realism and sophisticated innocence will charm its way to many people's top 2016 movie lists, and deservedly so.
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