2016 **** 128 mins.
After falling so much in love with Damien Chazelle's previous film, Whiplash, and being the classic Hollywood musical lover that I am, I thought I was going to go gaga for La La Land. Unfortunately, it didn't grab me like it has so many other critics. I felt it went on way too long, and something about it just didn't feel right. It felt like something wasn't quite on the right track all the way through, I can't really explain it any better than that. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone do great jobs in this film, and the dance sequences are a lot of fun. One major problem I had with it, though, is it's all very positive and G-rated except for how the main characters first meet, and when Ryan Gosling says, "Fuck 'em" at one point. Those two brief moments really knocked the film down for me, really feeling out of place. I did appreciate all the jazz in the film, and Gosling's character's speech about jazz really spoke to my heart and soul. Honestly, there really is a lot to love about the movie; I just didn't personally fall in love with it.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.55:1 (Digital CinemaScope)
Rated PG-13 for some language.
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