Not everyone loves musicals, though, and La La Land won't seduce anyone who thinks The Sound of Music is grotesquely corny, or that Umbrellas of Cherbourg is some dusty old foreign film where nothing much happens.
Damien Chazelle treats the musical sequences not as a formal counterpoint to the dramatic scenes, but a continuation full of possibilities. The moment between speaking and singing has the lightest of touches, as if the everyday just tips over into the extraordinary so that a stroll becomes a shuffle
But for people who do love those movies, and the unselfconsciously joyous romantic ideals they represent, La La Land is a glorious feast for the eyes and the soul. Its complete lack of restraint, cynicism, or self-consciousness invites viewers to drop their own reservations and just feel the big, broad emotions as they're played out on-screen, through memorable songs and elaborate fantasy sequences