Spending the weekend dog sitting for a friend, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to catch up on a lot of the shows and movies that I had missed out on. La La Land was a big one on that list. I remember all the arguments and differences in opinions surrounding this film and I really wanted to check it out for myself. Scrolling through HBO, I saw that it was available and decided to watch.
First and foremost, the singing in this movie – aside from John Legend, obviously – is just bad. I pretty much maintained this strange cringe/smirk every time Emma Stone or Ryan Gosling sang on screen. To be honest, the dancing was bad too. A far cry from the gracefulness of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Emma and Ryan were extremely stiff and almost robotic in their movements.
I do have to admit that this film, cinematically, is gorgeous. Everything from the framing of the shots to the color scheme was visually stunning. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have proven time and time again that they have wonderful chemistry together on the screen and La La Land is no different. They seem very comfortable in each other’s presence and it makes for a very believable relationship. If the movie had been just an ode to the classic love affairs of old sprinkled with some jazz for background music I would have said this movie was damn near perfect.
Overall, La La Land isn’t particularly deep or moving, just the tried and true motif of ‘follow your dreams!’. By no means is the film bad, but was it as good as I was expecting, or even just hoping? The answer is a resounding no. There are a lot of choices I would have made differently, number one being a casting of leads that actually possessed some musical abilities. However, if you can look past its flaws, La La Land is entertaining enough.