Saturday, March 25, 2017

MOVIEW REVIEW: La La Land is La La Lovely

Listen up, haters of musical movies, I warn you that if you don’t give this flick a chance, you might miss out on a fantastic love story that is beautifully directed, unexpectedly funny, has oscar-worthy performances, and is filled with wonderful tunes. From the very first musical number, I was totally hooked by the impressive choreography and the delightful music. I loved the gorgeous, vibrant and classic look and feel of the film. I don’t think I have ever seen Los Angeles look so gorgeous (or clean… I love LA but you know what I mean). I have honestly been thinking, non-stop, about this film since I saw it last week and the more I think about it, the more I want to see it again and the more I realize that this isn’t just a great MUSICAL movie, it’s just great MOVIE… period.

The writer/director (Damien Chazelle, Whiplash) does a stellar job making the film look stunning and timeless (think 1930ish but with cellphones). He executes some long shots in this flick that are incredibly impressive and is able to get some remarkable performances from all the singers, dancers and, specially, from the two main stars. I was completely enchanted by the extraordinary acting from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. They are just completely adorable together and seem perfect for each other. Ryan should just marry Emma already… well, that’s if I don’t marry her first, hehe, jk (please don’t tell my wife I said that).  

I give La La Land The “Checky™ Seal of Approval!”  I really, REALLY enjoyed watching this realistic love story come to life in such a beautiful way. My jaw was hurting from smiling and grinning like a dork during this spectacular flick. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending, but I understand and respect it. Oh and I thought that at least one of the songs could have been better if it had subtitles. I have been listening to this flick’s music on Spotify since the ride home from the theater after watching it and I CANNOT get enough of it. I actually would have wanted MORE musical numbers, but I think they have enough in the film to satisfy all the musical fans without scaring off all the people who start to moan and groan as soon as somebody starts singing instead of talking in a movie.

I really hope you go to the theaters and give this artistically creative and original film a chance. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be dazzled by it and… MAYBE we will ran into each other afterwards and start singing and dancing all of a sudden in a grand, unrehearsed but totally synced, musical number… What? I can dream, can’t I?

So, what did you think of La La Land? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? What is your favorite musical movie of all time? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.

Synopsis:

All you need to know is that this is the musical story of how a struggling actress and a struggling musician fall in love in Los Angeles. Their ambitions and dreams put their relationship to the test and they have to choose whether they want love or success.

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By Ezequiel Torres

Ezequiel T (a.k.a., El Checky) is a Translator with a lifelong passion for films. He has been reviewing movies for years and has been watching, discussing and sometimes even making them for as long as he can remember. When reviewing them, he has a simple way of recommending a good movie by giving it The “Checky™ Seal Of Approval!” which is due to his childhood nickname. He currently lives in Victorville, CA with his wife of 12 years, Joanna.