Monday, 23 January 2017

La La Land

a film by Damien Chazelle

If you can forget or ignore its mildly right-wing narrative, what with Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) being a white savior (of dying art of jazz?), an alternate ending which isn’t any different to the “real” ending except for a man Mia (Emma Stone) is happily married to, and that impossibly embarrassing scene in planetarium, you can actually enjoy it. I did. The thing is, the whole point of La La Land is to be steeped in nostalgia for the Golden Age of Hollywood, so implicit racism, sexism and heteronormativity are, as it were, just a part of the package. Otherwise, it’s a pleasant, feel-good musical, with the lead couple who actually can sing and dance (and, in case of Gosling, play piano). Another Day of Sun and The Fools Who Dream are probably the best songs there.

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