Sunday, 23 July, 5:00pm – FINAL
Musicals make almost anyone a romantic. They teach you that some emotion is so powerful that it can’t be put into mere words — it must be sung. Some love is so overwhelming that you just have to move your feet. Characters in musicals not only understand love differently than those in traditional films but they turn that understanding into art — dancing, singing and transcending mere dialogue to become something greater, something purer, something closer to true romance.
For a film that starts with a slightly campy musical number that could alienate viewers just as easily as charm them, this romance sure makes the leap to greatness quickly.
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
It’s a film that re-enacts, with rare originality, a classic role for the movie medium—escapist entertainment in troubled times.
Joel Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to 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.
One of many remarkable things about Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is how much energy and time it devotes to movement and music, not just lyrics. The modern movie musicals, so often based on Broadway shows, have focused heavily on songs that further plot. In Chazelle’s vision, choreography matters and a simple piano refrain can have more power than a lyric. This is a beautiful film about love and dreams, and how the two impact each other. Los Angeles is filled with dreamers, and sometimes it takes a partner to make your dream come true.
USA 2016, 127 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott & Josh Pence