Very rarely does one stumble upon a film that evokes unbridled joy and happiness in oneself.
La La Land is a prime example.
Set in modern day Los Angeles, La La Land tells the story of Mia and Sebastian, a struggling actress and jazz musician as they circumnavigate their way around Hollywood whilst trying desperately to keep their relationship from tearing apart at the seams.
What La La Land does so well is that it caters to both the musical and the non-musical audience perfectly, making for an absolutely beautiful time at the cinema. The lead pair of Gosling and Stone are fantastic together, and make the film tick along pleasantly when the rather one-note script tends to show it’s flaws. Indian audiences will no doubt find similarities with the plot of the Aamir Khan-Manisha Koirala smash-hit Akele Hum Akele Tum, especially when it comes to the roles of the two protagonists.
In fact, La La Land is probably the “most Bollywood” movie a Hollywood studio could make without totally surrendering itself to the former’s suspension of disbelief. Make no mistake, the film is a love letter to the golden age of musicals like Top Hat, The Young Girls of Rochefort and Singin’ in the Rain to name a few but still manages to bring in a flavor of it’s own that makes the film so unique. The number “A Lovely Night” is a prime example where the sequence definitely stands out by itself whilst evoking memories of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It’s La La Land‘s ability to blend the old with the new is what makes it truly a standout film.
The bottom-line is that La La Land is truly magical. It’s got fabulous performances, terrific visuals, a score that you will most definitely pick up once the credits have rolled. It hits theatres officially this weekend, and I implore you to go check it out. Take your family, your loved ones, siblings, friends and slip into a heart-warming experience that will leave you grinning like an idiot for the better part of two hours. La La Land is easily one of my favorite films of the year so far and probably one of my all time favorites as well, which is why I highly recommend it. So slip on your dancing shoes and dust off that vest and head down to your local cinema. Cause darling, you’re in for a lovely ride.