Rent La La Land (2016)

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2h 3min
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Synopsis:
Winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe Awards, "La La Land" is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year - it's a cinematic treasure for the ages that you'll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams - and finding each other - in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams and love.
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Directors:
Producers:
Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
Voiced By:
Ian Wolfe
Writers:
Damien Chazelle
Others:
Marc Platt, Andy Nelson, Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Tom Cross, Mary Zophres, David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco, Justin Paul, Linus Sandgren, Justin Hurwitz, Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Benj Pasek
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Drama, Music & Musicals, Romance
Awards:

2017 BAFTA Best Actress

2017 BAFTA Best Cinematography

2017 BAFTA Best Music

2017 BAFTA Best Direction

2017 BAFTA Best Film

2017 Oscar Best Actress

2017 Oscar Best Cinematography

2017 Oscar Best Director

2017 Oscar Best Production Design

2017 Oscar Best Music Original Score

2017 Oscar Best Music Original Song

2016 Venice Film Festival Best Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2017
Run Time:
123 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.55:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Damien Chazelle and Composer Justin Hurwitz
  • La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles
  • Ryan and Emma: Third Time's The Charm
  • Song Selection
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2017
Run Time:
128 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.55:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Damien Chazelle and Composer Justin Hurwitz
  • Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway
  • La La Land's Great Party
  • Ryan Gosling: Piano Student
  • Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project
  • La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles
  • The Music of 'La La Land'
  • John Legend's Acting Debut
  • The Look Of Love: Designing 'La La Land'
  • Ryan and Emma: Third Time's the Charm
  • Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream
  • Damien and Justin Sing: The Demos
  • Marketing Gallery
  • Song Selection
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2017
Run Time:
128 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.55:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Damien Chazelle and Composer Justin Hurwitz
  • Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway
  • La La Land's Great Party
  • Ryan Gosling: Piano Student
  • Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project
  • La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles
  • The Music of 'La La Land'
  • John Legend's Acting Debut
  • The Look Of Love: Designing 'La La Land'
  • Ryan and Emma: Third Time's the Charm
  • Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream
  • Damien and Justin Sing: The Demos
  • Marketing Gallery
  • Song Selection

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Reviews (18) of La La Land

Oh really! - La La Land review by BE

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Seen at the cinema. I found the movie really boring and with Ryan Gosling still presenting as one of the most bland actors ever to have come out of Hollywood. There is total lack of chemistry betwixt himself and Emma Stone and I've no idea why it was nominated for an Oscar - good job it was snatched back after 8 seconds! One star for effort but what a waste of time.

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Ryan is musical - La La Land review by NC

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Looks like Ryan can actually play piano pretty well. Not really in Cabaret class, but if like musicals is good one for you.

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Mediocre, unmemorable movie - boring, dull, soapy, girly, Mills-and-Boon bore-fest w - La La Land review by PV

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Sometimes there are films which win awards - Oscars and Golden Globes - and one wonders WHY. Black Swan was one. This is another. It really is a mediocre movie. I can only assume it's girly romantic appeal secured the women's vote - and in the last few years many more women (and ethnic voters) have been added to the voter list for the Oscars, so expect more of this drivel to win Oscars!

The songs are utterly average and unmemorable. The whole thing is primary colours and singing and dancing.

The plot of pure Mills and Boon melodrama romance.

The only funny part was a screenwriter talking about screenwriting and mentioning Joseph Campbell and a rewrite of the Three Bears! Plus a dig at the smug green car the Toyota Prius (or PIOUS) which so many Hollywood stars drive.

But really, apart from that it was dull, dull, dull - predictable, boring, and so over-rated.

Well filmed esp with the lighting. The jazz was OK BUT some awful songs - the FIRE song that John Legend sings is so mediocre and unmemorable - real B side stuff. Just awful.

One for Mills and Boon's female followers only.

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Critic review

La La Land review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

I came out of La La Land with the biggest of smiles for a musical I never expected to win me over so easily. I knew Damien Chazelle was a great director with a penchant for jazz, but I didn’t expect him to deliver such a high-energy musical. I knew Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were great talents, but I never expected them to have such charm and dance moves. I knew that composer Justin Hurwitz could compose some great music as he did in Chazelle’s Whiplash, but not this good. You think you’ve seen it all and can predict it all, only for something like La La Land to come along that blows everything else out of the water.

Right from the first scene, Chazelle makes his musical world known as one where anything can happen. A traffic jam soon turns into a song and dance number where all the drivers can break out into song and become marvelous dancers. Open up the back of a truck and you can find a band just waiting to chime in with the chorus. This opening scene doesn’t feature the key characters, but establishes the tone well. We then meet our two leads: the barista struggling to be an actor Mia (Emma Stone) and the jazz musician hoping to land his own club, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). They meet on the highway, but don’t connect until later when Mia overhears him playing the piano. Their romance soon blossoms as they both begin to take interest in their passions, sharing their love for their crafts as much as they have for each other.

In classic musical fashion, the relationship of Mia and Sebastian develops over song and dance numbers. Mia just happens to carry tap shoes on her way to the car, realizing a dance could break out at any moment. The two of them later sneak into a planetarium where they begin to float and dance among the stars. There is a whimsical energy to their relationship as they fancy each other and admire each other’s passion. Mia wants to put on a one-man show while Sebastian continues to push for his club. But as time goes on and bills stack up, the two begin making sacrifices they believe may not be worth it. Their dreams of both being successful and a couple may not come true.

There’s a solid balance of whimsical musical numbers and a relatable relationship to compose a picture that is as thoughtful as it is dazzling. For every moment where Gosling and Stone deliver a toe-tapping number, there’s another where her plight is believable. She wants to be an actor, but there are too many other girls with similar talent. She wants to stage a one-man show, but barely anyone shows up. At the same time, Gosling faces the big challenge of deciding to sell out for Stone or keep fighting for his dream. Their frustrations to do the right thing reach a boiling point in a great moment of dramatic tension as they feud over dinner with a record player finishing its play.

The music is beyond enjoyable. Weeks after the screening and I still have Another Day of Sun etched into my mind, its melody a mere whistle away. Gosling’s somber solo City of Stars is a wonder little song to mumble when on your own or finding yourself quietly anxious for something on the horizon. Even the lyricaly devoid musical numbers are just as earworm worthy for the powerful instrumentals by Hurwitz.

La La Land pays tribute to not only old Hollywood musicals, but also Hollywood in general. Mia and Sebastian gab about old movies as they walk around a studio, pointing out where classic movies were filmed and strolling around sets currently filming. The two have a date at an art-house theater playing Rebel Without a Cause and are so inspired by the shot of a historic planetarium that they later seek it out and venture inside after hours. The song and dance number between Gosling and Stone at dusk echoes the tone of a Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly musical. True, neither Gosling nor Stone have the flawless moves of such Hollywood legends, but they do have the same amount of energy and charisma.

There’s a lot to love about La La Land, but what won me over most was its theme about dreams. Stone has a solo number for an audition in which her lyrics dedicate towards the dreamers, those that succeed and those that fail. What an amazing inspiration to leave the theater with. I’ve never been a big fan of musicals, but La La Land has so much energy, charisma, visual dazzle and memorable music that it was impossible to resist such a joyful spectacle. Call me gaga for La La if you must.

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