My review of La La Land…..
I knew there was singing and dancing in it, and I expected it to be more like ‘Hairspray’ or ‘Glee’, but is wasn’t really like that. A nice story about a wannabe actress and wannabe musician, who get together, find work, then go their separate ways. They think about how things might have been if things had turned out differently. The end. It would have been a perfectly good film without the spontaneous bursting into song. The opening scenes with cars on bridge, plus dancers, was excellent. Ryan Gosling was really good, and gorgeous.
Was it worth all those Oscar nominations? I think those who make these decisions were pleased to see a different genre of film for a change, a musical. To my untrained eye, who knows what makes a good film into an amazing Oscsr winning film? How do you judge someone’s acting quality?
Ryan Gosling has starred in over 40 films, and Emma Stone a similar number, but I’m afraid I don’t consider any of them to be memorable, or big block busters. You can tell how often I go to the cinema! He is definitely going to remembered for La La Land. One thing I did discover, according to Wikipedia, was that all the piano performance featured in the film was first recorded by pianist Randy Kerber during pre-production. Ryan Gosling then spent two hours a day, six days a week in piano lessons learning the music by heart. By the time filming had begun, Gosling was able to play all the piano sequences seen in the film without the use of a hand double or CGI. He should be awarded some sort of trophy just for that amazing effort!
The theme song, ‘City of Stars’ features throughout the film, and pulls all the scenes together.