MOVIE REVIEW: La La Land is a great date movie

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land. Supplied by Entertainment One Films.
FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land. Supplied by Entertainment One Films. Dale Robinette

ONCE you stop looking at Ryan Gosling's puppy smile you realise this is a very different film to the typical Hollywood dribble.

In La La Land, Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions.

Sebastian (puppy eyes Gosling), a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars.

As success mounts, the two artists 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.

Same as The Artist took on a semi-homage to 1920s silent film Hollywood and won big in 2011, this film is a homage to 1940s musical melodramas and chances are it will win Best Film too.

At least it will get nominated.

I hated, truly hated the first 15 minutes of this film for the molasses-like, uber-sweet pastiche that this film starts as.

The film's whimsical musical acts are so over-the-top 'happy-go-lucky" (as they were in the genre and era they homage) that a pre-teen seating behind me actually complained to her mother about how cheesy the film was.

Then that molasses-like goo swallowed me up and I floated happily in this shiny happy 'marshmallowy' place for the rest of the film.

I guess the same happened to the teenager because she clapped furiously at the end, and not only at Gosling's puppy eyes.

It seems everyone else is falling for this film's charm and romantic tone, which makes sense because it's really well done.

Gosling and Emma Stone are terrific in this film, the story is engaging and the production really great.

This film is an insult to my brain cells but my heart fell for it in no time, and since my brain knows better than to pick up a fight with my heart, this film gets a 4/5.

Dating couples will love this film, plus lovers of classic Hollywood films.

La La Land

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Director: Damien Chazelle

Rating: M

Verdict: 4/5 stars

Topics:  emma stone la la land movies ryan gosling

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