This film was beautiful. The cinematography of the film is extremely fluid and elegant. There are really interesting effects with the lighting that add metaphorical meaning to the shots. The production design is amazing. Adding a sense of nostalgia to the film, but also feeling timeless. The music in the film is great. The songs are effective and genuine, and the score adds a lot of emotion to the film. It is unique in the fact that it is mostly comprised of variations on the main two songs "City of Stars" and "Another Day of Sun". I can not put words to the excellence of this filmmaking. It is the pinnacle of visual art through film.
The writing in the film is equally amazing. The story is transcendent. It manages to avoid being melodramatic, but still hits the effective emotional beats. The characters get sympathy from the audience extremely quickly and naturally. The characters are also dynamic to the point where I was almost completely absorbed in the film. I found it hard to look away from the screen because it was so good. The storytelling technique of the film is absolutely great. The end of the film is mind-blowing because of its many possible interpretations. I won't spoil it, but it is amazing.
The acting in the film is also perfect. Gosling and Stone have excellent chemistry together. Both are believable, and both have excellent song and dance capabilities. John Legend also gives an excellent supporting turn. He can obviously sing very well, but he also does an amazing job of delivering his lines. J.K. Simmons is also great, but his role is more of a cameo than anything.
I can not stress enough how much I loved this movie. It just clicked for me. It is my favorite movie of the year, and it is going to be extremely hard to beat. I'm not going to guarantee that if you don't like musicals, this will change your mind, but I will say that it is absolutely one of the best movies of the year.
La La Land
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at an advance screening.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes. I will see it when it released widely in theaters.