Mildura Weekly : Friday January 27 Vol 11 No 12
NEWS 21 FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU IF life was a musical, it would look something like ‘La La Land.’ The stunning new film from Damien Chazelle has the power to bewitch the hearts of even the coldest of musical theatre cynics. Cleaning up at this year’s Golden Globes, La La Land won seven awards, was the recipient of 11 BAFTA nominations and is a favourite to win the 89th Academy Award for Best Picture. La La Land is a refreshing take on the classic musical. The original score is uplifting and clever, carrying the kind of en- ergy that makes you tap your feet in the cinema, but will leave you misty-eyed. The story is classic Holly- wood. Mia (Emma Stone) is a gifted actress who can’t seem to land a role. Meanwhile Sebas- tian (Ryan Gosling) is a passion- ate jazz pianist with a dream to open a club of his own, but can’t seem to get it together. All they need is a break, in- stead they find each other. The quirky chemistry between Gosling and Stone has proven to work in the past with films ‘Gangster Squad’ and ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, but if there was any doubt, it is allevi- ated in La La Land. The two are ef- fortlessly in sync, making their scenes a dream to watch. Gosling portrays the self- deprecating artist with all the delicious swoon and swagger you could imagine, wearing the slacks and suspenders so con- vincingly he could have jumped straight out of 1960s Broadway. Stone admitted she was ner- vous about singing for her role, but her integrity and commit- ment to playing cute and cou- rageous will allow the audience to be forgiving of her song and dance routines. The two actors bounce off each other effortlessly, and ro- mantic connection aside, there is a trust and friendship be- tween the stars that makes it all the more real for audiences. But with every glitzy roman- tic song and dance number, the film swiftly provides us with a dose of reality – life doesn’t al- ways work out how we think it should. With a respectful nod to the elements that make up a traditional musical, La La Land manages to encompass all that is enchanting about the genre, invites you to be swept up in the magic, then lets you softly go at the end. And just on the ending, while it has left some critics di- vided, I think it was perfect. This film is a beautiful piece of cinema that takes you away from real life and escorts you into a land where impromptu tap routines, twirling skirts, la- dies and true gentlemen exist. FILM REVIEW ALEXANDRA TRELOAR • PURE MAGIC: La La Land is a stunning piece of cinema that will enrich the soul and encourages the dreamers to follow their passion. 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