La La Land

La La Land

2017 April 2017 At the movies Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the April 2017 Edition

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Director: Damien Chazelle

“Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.”

Finally, a movie has been produced for those of us who loved the old romantic musicals of the forties and fifties. Hopefully this will spawn more of this wonderful genre for the younger set which leaves science fiction behind for a change, and gives us sheer joy and pleasure watching and listening to real people. The movie is delicious to look at and the original songs and movie score are memorable. I have been humming the melody for the song called City of Stars for weeks now (and so has my husband!). Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are wonderful in  their parts and it’s no wonder they fell in love with each other. Not only can they act, but of course they must sing and dance their way through the story as well. Congratulations to the en- tire production crew, writer, director and musicians. It was wonderfully entertaining.

Here’s an added tidbit about Ryan Gosling on the piano. “Ryan Gosling spent two hours a day, six days a week in piano lessons learning the music by heart. By the time filming had be- gun, Gosling was able to play all the piano sequences seen in the film without the use of a hand double or CGI.

The movie was nominated for a record 218 awards at the various film recognition venues (Oscars, Critics Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild). Of these it won 176 including 6 Oscars.

The IMDB rating is 8.4/10 based on about 207,471 viewers.

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