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Saturday, December 31, 2016

IN PRAISE OF LA LA LAND

IN PRAISE OF LA LA LAND
 
La La Land is more than simply a paean to movie musicals, it is an evolution of the form. There are flaws in the film, but they are endearing and appear to have been purposely allowed in a way that draws you into the film rather than breaking your suspension of disbelief...The film's messages are subtle, but pointed, never being heavy-handed: The suppression of creativity and instinct in order to... grow up and become responsible; the decisions to sacrifice emotional love and relationships in order to achieve dreams; the love for an abstract, be it jazz or acting, so strong you allow it to consume you; and, finally, not all Hollywood musicals need the ending we want or expect, but can still be perfectly satisfying.

I was wowed by the director's first film, Whiplash, but here he is in full auteur mode keeping his delightfully frothy concoction from ever losing altitude. I've seen some excellent movies this year, but while it may not be for everybody, La La Land could end up as my favorite...

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