La La Land is a musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who made my favorite film of 2014, Whiplash. This film stars Ryan Gosling as Sebastian and Emma Stone as Mia as they attempt to chase their dreams in Los Angeles, also known as “La La Land.” Going into this film, I knew that everybody was loving it, and because of that, I knew to lower my expectations. I thought “there’s no way that it can be THAT good, for every single review I read to give it a 10/10.” From the very opening scene, I knew immediately that I was wrong, and this movie was going to live up to the impossible hype. This film is easily one of the greatest movie-going experiences of my entire life….
There’s nothing that can be said about La La Land that isn’t in glorious praise: this movie is so indescribably beautiful that I would even call it majestic. This film is a powerhouse of expertise, it is a defibrillator of aesthetic enthusiasm and an absolute masterpiece in every possible way. From the very beginning to the very end, this film overflows with genius, and perfection is simply forcing it to burst at the seams. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give breathtaking performances, and the story that their respective characters share together is sure to make every audience member fall in love. Their dancing was just fantastic, and the way they were able to dance precisely and flawlessly with Chazelle’s extremely long takes took my breath away with each and every song. As the last scene was on the screen, my heart was racing and my stomach was flipping as if I was falling in love, and that’s exactly what this movie made me do.
Damien Chazelle wastes no time setting up the movie: the first scene is a “jaw-droppingly” impressive musical number followed by an interaction between Sebastian and Mia- and then we follow them individually and together for the rest of the story. As these characters grow together and spend more time with one another, it’s impossible not to root for them. Not since Titanic have I seen an emotional relationship between two characters that made me feel the way this movie has. Chazelle’s writing allows this movie to soar to new heights, and his direction takes it up even higher. Those aspects coupled with the choreography and performances of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the incredible score that will win over even the least appreciative of jazz music, and the cinematography, which alone could get somebody to fall in love, easily makes this film the best of the entire decade. My heart broke as the film came to an end, because I wanted nothing more than for it to go on and on, and I cannot wait to see Chazelle’s next effort.
There’s simply not enough praise that can be given to this film, one can go on forever applauding and gushing, but I’m going to let you see the film for yourself to appreciate the rest of it. As mentioned, the story was beautiful, and the direction from Chazelle to bring that story to the screen was mesmerizing. Taking one’s eyes off of this film would be nothing short of a sin, and Gosling and Stone make that an impossible task anyways. Their chemistry was impeccable, even the Grinch would feel the magic that this film explodes with at every turn. As nothing short of a masterpiece, this film earns the highest rating that I can offer: a 10+/10, and a golden review. If you’ve seen this, what did you think? As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!