La La Land

La La Land ★★★★½

How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you're such a traditionalist?

I was ridiculously entertained by a movie that somehow manages to be an old school musical that romanticizes following your dreams in Hollywood while simultaneously telling hard truths about the sacrifices one has to make to achieve them. It felt completely nostalgic and original at the same time.

Like the romantic musical of the 50s though, director Damien Chazelle knows that for them to work you need the right leads that can deliver the performances with charisma, screen presence and chemistry. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling just have it all in this. Especially Stone... maybe being a big fan of hers is clouding my judgment, but I just think she was at her all time best here.

I loved it, but the Oscar crowd is going to eat this one up. It's a great movie, that isn't just a throwback to Hollywood's heyday (in spirit), but about following the Hollywood dream... they won't be able to vote for this fast enough.

Loved Emma Stone in this... just thought I should mention it again.

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