10 March 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - LA LA LAND

La La Land
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"City of Stars, Are You Shining Just For Me?"

➕ Emma Stone
➕ Highly-Stylized Los Angeles
➕ "City of Stars"
➕ Powerful Ending Sequence
➕ "Take On Me / I Ran" Scene

La La Land is truly candy for the eyes and ears. Watching it from start to finish, all I can remember other than its cute yet depressing story is its colorful, highly-stylized presentation of Los Angeles. This way of presenting the City of Stars already amazed me while following the story of the movie. La La Land is indeed a throwback to musicals made in the past yet masterfully set to the present day. Mia, played by Emma Stone, is an actress wannabe who always gets rejected with her auditions and callbacks while Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, is a pianist dreaming to have a jazz club someday. Love brings them together but choosing between love and dreams eventually had always placed them in conflicts. Sebastian's rise to the top with the "The Messengers" was impressive but Mia's failure with her one-woman play "So Long, Boulder City" was depressing. The ending brought me with deep regrets of how Mia and Sebastian's life should have been should they have chosen to be together than following their dreams on their own. Sebastian's choice of leaving Mia to pursue her dream alone broke my heart, her eventual rise to stardom though inspired me so much. The last 10 minutes was truly powerful, where creativity was fixed to its finest. It was the best movie ending I have ever since (thus far, in my life). Each and every musical number though are cute and truly ambitious in scope. I'm so amazed by how the director managed to get all scenes with one take, most especially the opening sequence. Damien Chazelle, truly deserved the "Best Director" Academy Award for bringing one of the best films this decade. This movie made me dream in a world where failure is at its most probable. Up to this day, I still feel amazement of the film's acting and production while still feeling deep-seated regrets with how the story gone. La La Land is a masterpiece, the film to beat this year.

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Time Published: 10 March 2017 (9:00 PM)

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