La La Land

La La Land ★★★

Occasionally a nice tonic, and pretty, but mostly a timid musical mixed with a bland romance. How the guy who made WHIPLASH, scratch that, barely even tried to make this take off until the last 20 minutes or so is baffling. Why does this plateau as soon as they get together? Why is so much of this (like say their one argument or the stories of their respective hopes) not in song? Where did all of Chazelle's energy go?

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