Genre: musical, drama, romance, comedy.
Producer: Damien Chazell.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Rosemary DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez.
Duration: 128 minutes / 02:08.
Age limit: 16+.
The third full-length film of the young director Damien Chazella received applause showers from film critics and the audience. After the huge success of his previous film "Obsession", for the supporting role in which the famous J.K. Simmons received an Oscar figurine, the author again turns to musical cinema, which is his favorite and so far the only topic.
The events take place in the world capital of cinema, Los Angeles, where, thanks to repeated coincidence of circumstances, two dreamers collide: Sebastian - a pianist, and Mia - an aspiring actress. He is in love with classical jazz and wants to open his own club, she unsuccessfully tries to get at least some role.
The film begins with a scene of singing and dancing by random people who got out of cars on a viaduct blocked by a traffic jam. She has little to do with further events, in addition to becoming the backdrop for the first meeting between Mia and Sebastian. However, the scene sets the tape in a bright optimistic, humorous tone.
La La Land is not a pure musical, using its musical arsenal only from time to time. Song or dance scenes are more often periodically woven into the narrative than act as the engine of the entire plot. There are two key musical themes in the film that go through the whole story. The sad lyrical "Late For Date" when Sebastian is experiencing sad moments, and the dreamy and nostalgic song "City Of Stars". This composition is the emotional core of the tape, the song is not in vain performed by both characters. Their paths are so similar and at the same time so different.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone pour incredible vitality into their characters, which trails after the viewer after watching for a long time. The leading actor continues the good tradition of fresh facial and corporal humor, which in spring the audience could see in the bright comedy film "Goodfellas." Emma Stone gets a more dramatic role, for which she received an Academy Award. This couple has been filming together for the third time, before that they played in the films "Gangster Hunters" and "This Wacky Love". The actors are well acquainted and feel the game of each other, so the viewer can easily believe in their story. The relationship between the characters is very sincere and believable, which creates a connection with the characters in action on the screen.