La La Land (Damien Chazelle – 2016) B+

This is was wonderful film. I was hugely skeptical of the “musical” connotations but it really is not a traditional musical. By and large it is a well-made romantic movie about music, jazz, Hollywood, our dreams and the choices we make. There are a few songs here and there but the music of the film is what stands out along with the very likeable characters played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. On top of that we have the solid direction and storytelling that goas for a mix of fantasy and reality. It sounds like it should not work but it really does. The last 10 minutes of this are one of the most wonderful movie endings I have seen.


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