By Jay Hunter Damien Chazelle choreographs his first movie since 2014’s fervid, Whiplash with a love letter to the Hollywood golden-age. Whilst not quite the masterpiece so many would have you believe, La La Land is the movie the world so sorely needs right now.

Telling the story of two American dreamers, La La Land follows Mia (Emma Stone), an endeavoring actress and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a last of the jazz-romantics musician who are struggling to make ends meet in modern day Los Angeles.

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The setting may not be an inspired choice from Chazelle, however it fits the narrative perfectly and almost becomes a character within itself. A town that is as well known for crushing dreams as it is as making them, the City of Angels becomes a parti-coloured dreamscape lensed by Linus Sandgren (American Hustle, Joy) but is just as beautifully realised through by the rest of the movies technical crew who – if you were the betting type – you’d put your house on sweeping the technical awards this Oscar season.

A harping, cheese-grinned, optimistic story that will transport you to movies of past. Before Brando screamed for Stella and put a murky hue throughout cinema, there were movies like La La Land and – although antiquated it may be – right now, the world would do all the better for having a few more like it.



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