Monday, April 24, 2017

New on Blu-ray & DVD for Tuesday April 25, 2017 "La La Land"

The Review

In the film, Mia is an aspiring actress who serves lattes to movie stars between auditions. Sebastian is a jazz musician who scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars. After they meet and as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to tear apart the fabric of their love affair.

"La La Land" is a glorious tip-of-the-hat to the great Hollywood musicals of the 1940's and 1950's. The film offers a very familiar feeling, but has its soul in the 21st century world of relationships, career and personal needs. 

Emma Stone is wonderfully watchable as the up and coming starlet who can't seem to successfully juggle the pieces of her life and is beginning to resign herself into a life of mundane auditioning and bad jobs.

Stone's moment comes in the solo "The Audition: Here's to the Fools Who Dream," a beautifully written and orchestrated piece that expresses the heart and soul of a performer.

Ryan Gosling as a down on his luck jazz musician, who it seems has one foot in the real world, but has his heart planted in the romance of performance.

Gosling, who prior to this film did not play piano, spent several hours a day, every day learning piano. The actor was able to play all of the piano sequences without the use of a hand double or CGI.

All in all "La La Land" is a wonderfully rich and rewarding movie experience.

It gets an A and is rated PG-13.
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