Andrew | A.J.’s review published on Letterboxd:
So bring on the rebels
the ripples from pebbles
the painters and poets and plays
And here's to the fools who dream
crazy as they may seem
here's to the hearts that break
here's to the mess we make.
La La Land - how to even describe such a euphoric and wonderful experience? This is a purely organic thing, crafted by hours of dedication and passion. Damien Chazelle's film works as both homage to the musical and a renaissance of the genre. A totally natural and effortless film. Chazelle understands the power of images like few filmmakers. He controls the film with an iron grip, directing actors and crew alike. There is an abundance of stunning and memorable scenes - "Another Day of Sun" is one of the greatest openings to any film ever, "A Lovely Night" is a triumph of chemistry and color, the Planetarium sequence is dizzying and brilliant, and the Epilogue will shatter you into a billion pieces. Chazelle's vision is absolutely astonishing, and La La Land stands as the very, very best film of 2016.
This film is going to make me cry every single time. When Sebastian looks down at those keys, I lose it.