A jazz pianist, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) falls for aspiring actress, Mia (Emma Stone). Their blossoming relationship in the heart of Hollywood drives one of the years best films.
It’s hard to come out of LaLa Land with any negatives. Damien Chazelle is one of the best directors working today. He just nails every aspect. The gorgeous Hollywood scenery, which feels like another character in the film. These musical numbers don’t feel out of place in the slightest, they fit right into the flow of the story. Chazelle also directs a compelling love story, that doesn’t sugarcoat the struggles of following your dreams.
Coupled with Chazelle’s brilliant directing are some of the best performances this year. Ryan Gosling embodies the longing for a dream. Sebastian wants to open a Jazz club and help save the dying genre. Gosling conveys that passion so well. He also plays that piano brilliantly. Mia is a struggling actress looking for her big break. Watching her go through all that rejection, and how it brings her down really helps the audience get behind her.
Their dreams coming together once their relationship grows makes you want them to succeed as a couple and in their individual endeavors.
La La Land is magical. From the opening shot you’re hooked. Chazelle continues to prove he’s one of the best working today, and with the caliber of talent he has at his disposal, he can’t fail.