Movie of the Week: La La Land

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Hey people! I haven’t talked about movies in a few months, but last night I went to watch La La Land, and given that the movie was just nominated for 14 Academy Awards, I thought that maybe I could share my thoughts on it.

I’ll start by saying that I wasn’t curious about this movie. I saw the trailers and they did nothing for me, on the contrary. I love musicals, I love Emma Stone, but everything else about this movie didn’t speak to me at all. Still, given the choice between La La Land and Resident Evil, my answer was obvious!

I have to say the movie surprised me a lot. I liked the cinematography and the overall feel of the movie. But beware, because of the way this movie was shot, it might make you dizzy and give you slight headaches, because it sure gave me one.

I also liked the story, it has that old Hollywood feel with a modern twist, and it’s very well accomplished. And more so, I absolutely loved the ending, those last 10 minutes made the whole movie for me, and I was so glad that it went that way.

Now, while I absolutely love Emma Stone, I can’t stand Ryan Gosling… sorry! I feel like he’s one of the most overrated actors of his generation, and while he has his good moments in this movie, I don’t think his performance was all that spectacular. To be honest, while these two actors work great together onscreen, I find it kind of strange that they didn’t look for other actors who could fill the singing part a little bit better.

While the movie was way better than I was anticipating and it’s a visual feast, I don’t find it a movie worth of 14 Oscars’ nominationsDamien Chazelle, the director, sure had a great vision, but is this the best movie and best screenplay of 2016? What about best actor and actress? I honestly don’t think so, but I’m curious to see what your thoughts are on it. 

I have to say though, the music?! FANTASTIC!

For the first time, I’m rating a movie (and I’ll start doing so), and I give this one a solid 4 stars.

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Now to you. Tell me your thoughts on La La Land.

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17 thoughts on “Movie of the Week: La La Land

  1. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this movie. I haven’t even put it on my “to-watch” list to be honest because just like you, I felt a bit indifferent about the whole thing….now I think I might have to watch it, because all of the hype is making me so curious. But SO many Oscar nominations? That’s CRAZY.

  2. lenoreo says:

    I totally wanted to see it because I love both actors, musicals, and I loved the old school feel. And while I thoroughly enjoyed it, loved the cinematography, the music and the unique ending, I agree that all the Oscar nominations is excessive. I can see the music and cinematography ones, but other than that…*shrugs*

  3. cw @ readthinkponder says:

    AHHH thank goodness I’m not the only one who feels the same about La La Land. I watched it two days ago and while I enjoyed it so much more than I expected (mostly because I really connected to Emma Stone’s character’s struggles with her dreams and pursuit of the arts), I really don’t think it deserves so many nominations as well. It was good, but not amazing?

    I really feel like this movie is Oscar bait. It’s like The Artist, which everyone loved many years ago (I never watched it so I can’t speak about its quality) but now no one talks about it. So, it’ll be interesting to see if this movie stands the test of time. (And while I liked the movie, tbh, I’m not sure it will. :/)

    • My Tiny Obsessions says:

      i’m totally with you on that one, it won’t stand the test of time. I never watched the artist either, and while I’m sure it was a piece of art, it don’t think it was impactful, you know? 14 oscars is just absurd for the kind of movie that this is =/

  4. hermigraine says:

    Thanks for the review. I haven’t seen it yet but have noted with the number of Oscars it received, it’s either excellent or someone in the Academy was slipped a few bucks. I’ve become aware in the past, that some movies who were granted the most Oscars were the dullest, so I’m saving this one for a peek on Netflix.

  5. That Awkward Gal says:

    Definitely agree with you on the music part! I first saw La La Land back in September at the Toronto Film Festival, and fell in love with it. After seeing some of the other movies nominated and performances though 14 nominations seems a little much for this one!

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