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La La Land (2016)
Good Movie, Great Scenes, But Some Flaws
I enjoyed the movie overall. It had some great, creative scenes in it that really stood out. The opening traffic scene was well done, as was the observatory scenes,and the last remembrance/what may have been scene was well done (but not 100% effective for me, as explained below). These scenes take you back to the great musicals of yesteryear.
However, the music wasn't memorable, and the singing was mediocre. I know the lack of great singing was intentional, but I have yet to hear a valid reason as to why it actually makes the movie better. Great singing can really elevate a musical. The story was pretty weak and the characterizations one dimensional, even for a musical.
And lastly, that bittersweet finale, just didn't make sense and was forced.
It goes like this:
Mia: I love you Seb, you are the love of my life.
See: I love you too, Mia.
Mia: Seb, I have to go Paris for a few months for a job.
See: Really? Goodbye, have a nice life.
Then apparently, neither one gives a rat's ass about the other to keep in touch, and although living in the same city make no effort to get back in contact. So, after five years she sees him in a club, and we are supposed to get all misty eyed? Just didn't work for me.
Anyway, the movie has some great scenes, but not enough tying those scenes together to make it a great film.