Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.Written by
A song called "La La Land" was cut from the final film but Pasek says it had a lot of road metaphors in it. You don't know where you're going to go, but follow every turn and L.A. will lead you..." Pasek points out the line in "Audition" that picks up this metaphor of "Who knows where it will lead us, and that's why they need us'. See more »
At the Warner Brothers Lot, after Sebastian asked Mia if she was doing anything that night, the shot that focuses on Mia is flipped. See more »
What a great movie! Who would have thought anyone could bring the original screen musical back from the dead? Yet here it is, hale and hearty.
The music is melodic but never simplistic; the lyrics are intelligent and intelligible; the script is funny, touching without ever resorting to sentimentality; the two leads are not only skillful but full of a kind of charm that I honestly thought had disappeared entirely from American movies: but here we have Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone just oozing it.
The only pebbles in this ocean of inventiveness are some routine dance routines and over-reliance on the device of lights dimming on set to isolate an actor in white light, but that's me being r-e-a-l-l-y picky. It may well be that this is the best musical written directly for the screen since SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS.
All credit to writer-director Damien Chazelle and his team - and it really feels like a team-movie - for giving us this gem. Sure it's a feelgood piece, but it creates a world which is complex, it acknowledges alternative outcomes for its characters, it connects with people's passions, and in the case of Ms Stone's big solo, "Audition", it has a bona fide classic.
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