La La Land is a love-drenched tale. It comes as a relief in the midst of all the so-called romantic movies nowadays where the protagonists seem to only want to get into each other’s pants and where love comes off as a secondary perk. But, La La Land’s charm exudes from its playful innocence. It does seem Mia and Sebastian are actually in love, and believe me, that’s a change.
Although I put on the pretence that I welcome movies of ever genre with open hands, I do not. Musical genre is one of those unfortunates. The main reason is that the music itself is crummy. La La Land is tailor made for romantics like me. It is embellished with melodies which make you croon in love. Take the song where Mia and Sebastian sing about how the beautiful and romantic view of Los Angeles is a waste. I was laughing at the rate of a chuckle per lyric.
Ryan Gosling (I have a man-crush on him) is brilliant here. He and Stone are like Bogart-Bergman of the new age and their chemistry is beyond words. It is a joy to see them together on screen. Emma is fabulous as Mia, on the eyes and the mind, and is well-deserving of her Oscar.
The thing about La La Land is that however silly it might seem, and it does at parts, it is impossible not to like it. I agree this is not a masterpiece, but it did make me cry, did make me want to fall in love, did make me want to croon with my crush in the presence of only stars with its melodious tunes playing the background. But these are all broken dreams, and La La Land seems sympathetic towards them and in a way, towards me. I love movies which understand and acknowledge the pains of a broken heart, and treat it with the respect it deserves. La La Land does that.
The problem with life is that there is no background music. La La Land is the perfect fix to that.
RATING :- 8 / 10
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