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
According to the film's producers, Stone brought a nuanced Everywoman relatablility to the character of Mia. Producer Jordan Horowitz on Emma Stone, "She simultaneously brings the quality of an enormous movie star yet she feels so human and authentic. It's very easy to fall in love with her and also to see inside her emotions." See more »
Right before they meet Keith for the first time, as they are sitting down at the table, something (necklace?) falls off of Mia onto the table, Sebastian quickly swipes it away with his right arm as he takes a drink with his left. When the camera switches, he is drinking with his right arm. 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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