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La La Land

Here's to the fools who dream. 

Year:2016 
Running Time:128 minutes 
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1 (Scope) 
Certificate:[ BBFC 12A Cert ] - Under 12s only admitted with an adult 
Subtitles:This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed byDamien Chazelle 
Starring:Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend 
[ La La Land ]

Review:

La La Land is a critically acclaimed, creative and magical piece of cinema which has won seven golden globes, five BAFTAs and even six Oscars despite the best picture mix-up.

The film is set in modern day Los Angeles and stars Emma Stone as Mia, an aspiring actress who works as a part-time barista whilst trying to get her big break. Ryan Gosling stars alongside her as Sebastian, a pianist with an ambition to open his own Jazz Club. The narrative follows the pair falling in love and pursuing their own ambitions through a wonderful combination of smooth romance and comedy.

Though the musical numbers are glamorously vibrant the natural rawness of Stone and Gosling’s singing helps give the film a greater depth and stronger emotional resonance than simple glossy vocals could provide.

The director Damien Chazelle, who previously directed Whiplash, artfully uses semiotics to evoke a sense of nostalgia associated with the classical musicals of the 1960s as bright colours and spotlights dance across the screen, enlivened by the jazz-pop soundtrack.

La La Land grounds the magic of musicals in modern life whilst evoking a sense of charm and adventure in which Chazelle both reminisces about the old Hollywood pictures and innovatively sets the ground for the future of film-making by firmly rooting La La Land amongst the classics. .

Alice Saunders

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Screenings of this film:

2016/2017 Summer Term - 18:30 Friday 5th May 2017 (digital)
2016/2017 Summer Term - 21:30 Friday 5th May 2017 (digital)
2016/2017 Summer Term - 18:30 Saturday 6th May 2017 (digital)
2016/2017 Summer Term - 21:30 Saturday 6th May 2017 (digital)