Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
The opening scene is a full on dancing in the streets FAME style opening, except in this film they are in the middle of a traffic jam on one of those huge L.A Freeways. I new immediately this wasn't going to be your average MGM musical.
In the first 20 minutes I began thinking this is going to drive me insane every time someone bursts into song, but hang in there because once you get into it you will be pleasantly surprised. As Empire Magazine write "Its the musical for people that don't like musicals" - And I couldn't agree more.
Stone and Gosling are not even the best dancers or singers, and they don't pretend to be. The fun they bring to their roles is enough to give the audience a feeling of inclusion. And don't think it's going to be all musical scenes. There's lots of drama and romance throughout.
I loved it. It had just the right balance to keep you engaged with the drama and then whimsically let you drift off when they start dancing or singing. Sure some scenes might drag on a bit but the timing works well and before you know it your back into the story.
You get to know the music very well by the end and the theme song by Justin Hurwitz will get the emotions going in one of the best endings to a movie I have seen in a while.
I think the protagonist in the film is the actual film itself. Just like Jazz, the Hollywood Musical is a dying art and it must keep adapting.
La La Land has done just that. ROB