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Have you ever decided to see a movie simply because you heard a lot of buzz about it. I admit that’s the main reason I chose to watch La La Land which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. I have seen them both in other movies, separately -- so I was curious about all the noise regarding Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling starring in La La Land together.
Do I agree or disagree with the hype, including the Oscar nods for this movie? Check out my movie review of La La Land and find out.
La La Land - The Musical
Interesting enough, "musical" was not tacked to the name of the movie title. From looking at the promos and trailers, one would get the impression that La La Land is indeed a musical. I think this label was not added since there were other type actions going on in La La Land, in addition to singing and dancing. In fact, personally, I preferred to see the drama portion sans the singing and dancing routines; however, the added entertainment was a nice touch.
Acting Abilities of the Main Actors in La La Land
In my opinion, one of the goals of La La Land was to be essentially a “feel good” type movie, meaning the director of La La Land wanted you to leave the movie smiling or in a sunny mood. As a result, the acting ranges of the main actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were not stretched too far. They both acted out their parts seamlessly, which is a trait of good actors.
You may want to know, who acted the best in their roles -- Emma Stone or Ryan Gosling. In the scene where the two got into an argument, I noticed Emma Stone showed a wider range of acting abilities, with Ryan Gosling seemingly trying to keep up with Emma Stone. To Ryan Gosling’s defense, most of his previous films were not heavy on dialog or showing emotions, so I guess he did not have much to draw from. This was not the case with Emma Stone who showed off her acting chops very well.
You may recall I featured Emma Stone as a celebrity gamer on the 210th episode of the Mom’s Minute Video Game Show http://www.allgames.com/mm/item/12410-moms-minute-12-19-2016. During the show, I applauded her for the range of characters she played in the Saturday Night LIve sketches when she hosted the show. Of course she has starred in movies as well. That being said, Ryan Gosling did a passable job in acting.
Drama, Musical or Both - La La Land
As alluded to earlier, sometimes it’s not easy to put the La La Land movie in one specific category. This movie is a combination of music and drama - since during some scenes, they would dance or sing and in others, there was dramatic acting.
The acting, singing and dances were plusses; however the downside is none of the songs were memorable to me. If you asked me to name a song from the movie, I would be amiss to do so; however, I would be quick to to say the movie was enjoyable to hear and watch.
Assessment of La La Land
The authentic musicals from years passed outshine La La Land by far, even if the technology was not present during those times. In fact, the singing and dancing in La La Land by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling pales against those movies made during the golden age of Hollywood. If you want to see a movie that’s uplifting and has a message essentially to follow your dreams -- wherever they lead, then I definitely recommend this movie. If you want to see a movie with spectacular dancing, choreography, along with memorable music, I suggest you stick with the classics such as Singing in the Rain and the like.
To answer the question in my movie review introduction -- La La Land was entertaining to watch; however, I think it falls short of Oscar quality. However, with the upcoming Oscars just around the corner, I guess we will have to just wait and see.
Rating of La La Land
Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate La La Land three (3) stars.