Okay first things first. Let’s get this out of the way. I absolutely hate romantic films. In my book, 80% of romance/love films are total garbage. Over-simplified relationships, horribly cheese pick up lines that make you gag, gender double standards and horribly written female characters are all part of your average romance film.
But every once in a while, we get a gem that gets carved in our hearts forever (Think of The Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind) and raise the bar to a whole different kind of level.
La La Land is not just a gem. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime gem. We just DON’T GET these kinds of films anymore, specially in the american cinema.
It’s not just the script. It’s not just the photography. It’s not even just the acting. It’s the magnificent blend of these three elements (okay along with the exceptional Ryan dance moves) that make the movie stay with you for a long time.
I feel like it’s almost pointless to mention how PAINFULLY GOOD Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling were. Okay, especially Emma. I’m already rooting for my ginger precious cookie at the Oscars (bye bye Natalie Portman).
I still think about the film. I think about the start of it. I really miss the start. And I miss the second act even more. The third act almost rushed me out of the screening. I was an utter wreck. But I’ve never embraced a ‘personal wreckage’ as much as this in my life.
La La Land is a vintage love letter to the city of angels. It’s a love letter to all the relationships out there, the ones that worked and the ones that didn’t. It’s a love letter about that first wink someone gave you at the subway or that time someone held your hand and didn’t let you go. It’s a modern fairytale with flawed princes and princesses.
The range of emotions I felt during the film can’t be measured. And hell, I don’t even like stupid musicals.
Go watch the film when it’s out in your country. Please do that. And then go watch it again with someone you love.
It is THAT GOOD.
Special thanks to FDA (UK Film Distributors Association) for their invite to the screening.
Propcake’s La La Land DiCaps Rating: 5/5