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Get ready to sing and dance: It’s La La Land

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Reagan Sauve, Staff Journalist

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Rating: PG-13

Two people. One city. Many musical numbers. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of  Mia (Emma Stone), a studio barista and aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician who dreams of owning his own club. Both struggle to achieve their dreams in a city infamous for crushing hearts, Los Angeles, California. Through a series of coincidences, these two come together to not only work to achieve their goals but fall in love in the process.

In this day and age, some feel that musicals are a bygone genre that has been on the decline for years. This film, released December 25, 2016, with an opening weekend of 30 million dollars, has a similar feel to old musicals from the 50’s, such as Singing in the Rain and Guys and Dolls, which gives a sense of Hollywood nostalgia. This uplifting musical has a joyous tone with  the bright and colorful cinematography that makes Los Angeles look like a place of fantasy and dreams, not a place of despair.

La La Land has received much praise among its release and is regarded as one of the best films of 2017.

At the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the film sets a record win for a single film, winning seven awards: best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Actor (for Gosling), Best Actress (for Stone), Best Screenplay, Best Original score, and Best Original Song, (“City of Stars”.)

The best parts of the film are the music and features an original score filled with catchy songs that pay homage to the previous films mentioned.

Gosling and Stones’ performances are able to accurately portray their characters’ achievements and losses and concludes with their wishes fulfilled in unexpected ways.

Funny, bittersweet, and cliché, this musical may be  the gamechanger that launches the return of musicals in a world where the genre is quickly dying.

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