La La Land

Posted on December 26, 2016


LaLa Land – It starts out all sunshine and lollipops in Southern California. The first couple of times aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) meet aren’t exactly ideal. In no time at all, though, they’re floating on air and dancing among the stars. She wants to write and act, he wants to keep jazz alive by owning his own club.

Their voices are a little weak, but their dancing is very good -he wears spats, she can run in heels – and his piano playing seems to be right up there with John Legend (Keith) – who asks him to join his band. Sometimes a musical, sometimes melancholy, the story just doesn’t seem to know where to go – a bit of “Singing In The Rain”; a bit of “The Way We Were.” Sorry to say, but I was a bit disappointed. Not sure where all that Oscar buzz is coming from.