La La Land

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Winner of seven Golden Globes, nominated for fourteen Oscars, and with numerous other award nominations and wins under its belt, La La Land breathes new life into the art of cinema.

Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress, drawn to Hollywood by her dream to be on the screen. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a pianist with a love for the classic jazz music of Hollywood in its heyday. They find themselves coming together, despite the different circles their lives are in. After a half-hearted effort to not get involved, their lives intertwine to create an old-fashioned love story for the 21st century.

Costumes, music, sets, acting, the whole nine yards of this film are unbelievable. They blend together so perfectly, while still allowing each individual feature to take its time at centre stage.

With an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design you can expect something special. Seemingly old fashioned styles with ladies in bright dresses and gentlemen in suits and wingtips, make you feel like you’ve been pulled back in time. The occasional smartphone being used and the models of the cars are the only real indicators that this is 2016.

Stone and Gosling both received 2017 Oscar and BAFTA nominations for their lead roles; and 2017 Golden Globe wins. These awards fall hand in hand with the various awards La La Land has been both nominated for and bestowed.

Many scenes are filmed from a single angle, giving the feel of a stage production; yet the fact that this is a film is used to its fullest in the same extent. With contrasting colours, differing textures, changing backgrounds, not to mention the observatory scene, your eyes have plenty to take in before they even get to the actors, their costumes, and dance numbers.

Fun, calming, and catchy, the soundtrack is one you’ll want to listen to long after the movie has finished. The songs “Audition (Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars” both received Oscar nominations, while “City of Stars” took out the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

This films numerous award nominations foretell an absolutely mesmerising experience. La La Land is the perfect film to make you fall back in love with the art of cinema all over again.


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