'La La Land' duo Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling cement mark in Hollywood

Is'La La Land A True Story? This Musical Romance Is Too Good To Be True
Is'La La Land A True Story? This Musical Romance Is Too Good To Be True
Author

10 December, 2016

While part of "La La Land" is pure confection - Chazelle's beautifully envisioned tribute to musicals of the past - the other is a smartly crafted commentary on 21st-century love that has an indie feel to it. Later, after Hannah passes the bar and Richard's promised proposition turns out to be an invitation to join his firm rather than to marry him, Hannah strides into the bar, plants one on Jacob and makes it clear in no uncertain terms that she's ready to go home with him. Chazelle and Hurwitz understand that some feelings are just so big they have to be sung and danced.

This is the third time the actress has worked with Gosling.

But they find themselves in step only for a time. So the dance scenes have an organic quality about them. "Ryan and Emma are that modern day Bogart and Bacall, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Hepburn and Tracy, Myrna Loy and Dick Powell". Along the way different actors were attached to the film, but Chazelle is happy that the window finally opened to get Stone and Gosling.

And we keep on rooting. "It's hard to imagine anyone else pulling it off". They need each other to chase their respective dreams. There are far too many ambitious shots and memorable musical moments to single out each one, but a few that merit mention include a gravity-defying sequence at the Griffith Park Observatory, a six-minute continuous song-and-dance routine in the hills at dawn, and that unforgettable opening shot on the congested LA freeway.

There are tributes/references to classic films like "Singin' in the Rain", "Rebel Without a Cause", and "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", but this movie is not derivative.

There, at a place built to watch the stars, the two dancing lovers actually lift up into them. As Sebastian says to his sister earlier in the film, "You say "romantic" like it's a bad word!" While the influences run fast and loose in this candy colored homage to MGM musicals, Mickey and Judy "let's put on a show" reveries and Jacques Demy-infused melancholia, Chazelle's charming tale of a chance romance between two aspiring artists in the City of Angels looks, feels and sounds like a breath of the fresh air, not in spite of but because of its utter sincerity.

California lawmakers urge Trump on immigration
The lawmakers also announced the introduction of two bills to help undocumented immigrants if Trump pursues his aggressive deportation plan.

He also found a modern-day equivalent of the Golden Age movie couple in Stone and Gosling, who paired up for the third time in "La La Land" and are known for their charming and amusing on-screen chemistry.

The musical aspect was definitely a newer thing for the both of us.

Musical live-action films have faded as superhero fare and franchises dominated the Hollywood box office in recent years.

"La La Land" had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2016 and is set to be released in the United States on December 9, 2016 by Summit Entertainment. Four stars out of four.

Rated PG-13 for some language.


More news


  • Meghan Markle declares love for Prince Harry with personalised necklace

    Meghan Markle declares love for Prince Harry with personalised necklace

    Meghan Markle declared her love for beau Prince Harry by wearing a personalised necklace as she stepped out in Toronto recently. The new girlfriend of the red-hair royal is not invited to the royal family's private Christmas celebration this year.

    Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap Cyber Monday Deals and Sales

    So-called smart home gadgets are one of the latest computing battlefields fought over by the largest technology companies. The DingDong costs $118 and can provide news , weather, stock updates, play music, and more.

    Oil drops amid caution over OPEC meeting; stocks mixed

    The dollar was again moving higher on the yen to reach 112.18, after profit-taking pulled it down as far as 111.58. US crude last rose 2.1 percent to $47.04 a barrel and Brent traded at $48.22, up 2.1 percent on the day.
  • Tiger Woods 'feeling good' after up and down comeback from injury

    Tiger Woods 'feeling good' after up and down comeback from injury

    However, the week was all about Woods who was making a comeback after spending 466 days recovering from multiple back surgeries. I wasn't going to compare him to the rest of the field they've been playing all year and they've been playing great.
    German ISP sees 900000 routers go offline after possible cyberattack

    German ISP sees 900000 routers go offline after possible cyberattack

    Fixed-line customers have had problems connecting to Deutsche Telekom's network since Sunday afternoon, the company said. Customers have been advised to disconnect their routers if they suspect that they were targeted.
    LeBron congratulates Russell Westbrook for (briefly) tying his triple-double mark

    LeBron congratulates Russell Westbrook for (briefly) tying his triple-double mark

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook nickname for both himself and his brother and their pet dog is "Brodie", per CBS Sports . The Spurs improved to 10-0 away from home with their latest win. "They just outmuscled us", coach Jeff Hornacek said afterward.
  • BJP makes big gains in municipal polls

    BJP makes big gains in municipal polls

    The elections were seen as a litmus test for the Devendra Fadnavis" government and are being viewed as "mini' Assembly elections. The State Election Commission had announced elections to 134 seats in district panchayats, taluka panchayats and municipalities.

    Toure sets sights on Champions League return after convincing Guardiola

    Vincent Kompany has been ruled out through injury for a few more weeks and I really fear for the City defence for the time being. Fernandinho gave some defensive help as well while Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas tracked back from the wing.

    Amazon Cyber Deal: $199.99 Sony PS4 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle

    Over at Walmart, you can get a Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Laptop for only $999, and this one can run pretty much any game you want. If you've seen all the Xbox One bundles on sale, but are waiting for Sony to step it up, don't worry.
  • How they scored at the 104th Grey Cup

    How they scored at the 104th Grey Cup

    He saved his biggest pass for last, connecting with Ernest Jackson up the middle for the winning touchdown in overtime. Burris and Mitchell combined for 852 passing yards, a Grey Cup record. "But I think that's why everybody loves it".

    Ohio State attack: Terrorism eyed as police seek more info

    Police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University , Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio . Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the nation, with almost 60,000 students.

    Trump floats jail, loss of citizenship for US flag burners

    When pressed about the issue, Miller stood with the president-elect, saying he felt that flag burning should be illegal. Fighting to suppress laughter, Cuomo chided Miller and Trump over what he perceived as disrespect for the U.S.