Movie Review: “La La Land”
Release Date: December 16, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some language)

There’s a very good reason the new musical “La La Land” is receiving critical acclaim.  It is, indeed, a very good and different film offering.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone portray Sebastian and Mia, two struggling artists chasing their dreams in Los Angeles, he as a jazz musician and she as an actress.

Right from the opening musical sequence featuring dancers clicking their heels and cooling their wheels while being stuck in traffic on a Southern California freeway, it is clear that this film (directed by Damien Chazelle, who also wrote the screenplay) is going to take the viewer on a special journey.

The music is wonderful, the special effects assist greatly in the visionary storytelling, and although I have never quite been a fan of Stone, I have to admit that she delivers a solid and engaging performance, as does the likeable Gosling.

The direction, cinematography (by Linus Sandgren), and a beautiful musical score (by Justin Hurwitz) combined with interesting characters and a romantic arc make for a very enjoyable film, one that is perfect for date night.

Look for “La La Land” to do very well during awards season.

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