Monday, December 26, 2016

La La Land: A Review



I liked the movie a lot. It is a romantic musical trying to capture the classic MGM musicals of Hollywood's golden age, but reminded me a lot of Le Demoiselles de Rochefort and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. The score also immediately reminded me of Ennio Morricone's Cinema Paradiso (I suspect that is to some degree intentional, since this is a movie about the movies). 

The dance scenes don't have doubles. Ryan Gosling is playing the piano. Everyone sings their parts.  Emma Stone just shines

Overall it is getting good reviewsNot everyone likes it (you can't please everyone). Is it Singing in the Rain? No (which interestingly enough was not at all a success when it came out). But if you are a fan of musicals you will probably like it and it is a film that stands on its own. I hope it does really well because it is an excellent film and I would like to see more films like this.


EBL: Emma Stone and Le Demoiselles de Rochefort

Weekly Standard/Podhoretz: La La Land Is A Triumph I just read his review, he also sees the Demy influence in this film.

Mark Steyn (is Mark morphing into Rex Reed) : La La LandLa La La Can't Hear You and A Glorious Rain

Another Reed-Steyn-esque review: La La Land is Terrible, but it will win Best Picture

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Update:

Seven Golden Globes for La La Land

JD Rucker/DaTechGuy: Why we should shun the Golden Globes and Hollywood liberals. He has a point, especially after so many chidey comments about Trump at the Golden Globes (especially Meryl Streep's over the top attack).  I get there are reasons to dislike Trump, but why do you think he got elected despite Hollywood's preening?  Still, I liked La La Land.  

Instapundit: You get used to it Viola and be careful Hollywood is not subject to reforms (actually it is about time it was, and yes you remind voters why they voted for Trump). 

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