La La Land

  • Title: La La Land
  • Year: 2016
  • Country:  USA
  • Director:  Damien Chazelle
  • Starring:  Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
  • Musical comedy drama.

Seven Golden Globe Awards. Best Motion Picture Muical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Actor (Gosling), Best Actress (Stone), Best Screenplay, Best Original Scor, Best Original Song (City of Stars).  What’s not to like?

I didn’t like it.


Set in Los Angeles “LA”, also known as “Tinsel Town”, the movie follows the story of a wanna-be actress  (Emma Stone) falling in love with a musician who dreams of owning an old style jazz lounge (Ryan Gosling).  The whole La La Land title is  play on the name LA for Los Angeles and to the idiom of being somewhat out of touch with reality.

The music is fabulous, a well deserved award, and the acting is very good.  So why didn’t I like it?  Well, for starters I was often bored.  I hated it from its opening moments when Mia (Emma Stone) gets out of her car in a traffic jam and starts dancing (yeah right), through to Seb’s (Ryan Gosling) road rage moment.It felt like Tinsel Town congratulating itself on being false.  Well, like the City of Stars number finds them moving up to the unlocked, empty Planetarium where they do their thing unhindered by crowds and by staff. (Another “yeah right’ moment).  However, the dancing in the stars bit felt as if it was never going to end.

In the end they don’t land up with each other, but they do achieve their dreams.

Seven Golden Globe Awards?  I want entertainment orgasms.  I didn’t have one.

The scary thing is that stage adaptations are in the offing.








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Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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