TIFF Film Review: “La La Land”

Robert Keaton Maxwell

It’s gay in the most traditional sense of the word. It’s Rock of Ages without the edginess. It’s good old-fashioned musical fun.14117802_576769779176293_2599566161976372387_n-750x278.png

Let’s get the basics out of the way. First, the music, it’s very, very cute. The stars (Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling), they’re absolutely stellar. The script is surprisingly witty and tight. The moral of the story is a crock of shit. It’s everything you’d expect from an A-grade Hollywood movie-musical drama.

It’s as simple as this: If the above nine sentences struck a good note with you, look forward to watching an expertly staged musical in December. Damien Chazelle’s done it again.

8/10

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