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
Director Damien Chazelle envisioned the production numbers in the film as echoing the imagination and narrative freedom associated with the mid century movie musicals but with the energy and pace that speaks to the iPhone and YouTube generation. See more »
During the freeway scene, the red frame that is part of the crane the Steadicam operator stands on for the final shot, is visible between the two trucks (4:07). See more »
What is that? Is that a script?
It's a play.
A play? You better give us all roles!
Actually, it's a one-woman-show, so I can't...
[after Sebastian honks car horn outside Mia's apartment]
Is that gonna happen every time?
I think so.
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There is a title card at the very beginning that says "Presented in CinemaScope." See more »
Do I like musicals? Not really... but damn, 'La La Land' is a nostalgic, colourful, joyful marvel!
Damien Chazelle gained international acclaim and recognition from his masterful drama 'Whiplash', what were the chances that he could pull off similar success two times in the row? Well, if 'La La Land' is anything to go by, then I'd say he did the job. With just three films under his belt as of 2016, Chazelle is slowly becoming the next big thing this movie industry has seen. His passion for classic movies and musicals is evident as he references and pulls influence from films like 'Singin' in the Rain', 'The Umbrellas of Cherborg' and even 'Rebel Without a Cause', the latter of which is one of my favourite films so seeing the nod to it was something I was pleased about.
The chemistry between Gosling and Stone is strong to say the least, after two previous collaborations, their already-strong bond helped them become one of modern-day cinema's finest couples. The music is bouncy and toe-tapping catchy, the cinematography is utterly stunning with gorgeous colours and impressive long takes, and the locations sum up the American dream and the passion the characters hold for Los Angeles. 'La La Land' is by far one of the finest cinema experiences I have had in the past 5-10 years, and although this isn't a film I would typically enjoy (genre-wise), Chazelle has instead crafted one of my favourite films of this decade. A film I would recommend everyone see in the cinema to truly witness the CinemaScope magic.
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