The Land of Damien Chazelle does the unthinkable La La Land: it is a musical landed in reality. The bombastic genre, in which the laws dictate that everyone can dance and share their emotions with songs, finds it difficult to anchor in verisimilitude. But the feature film by Chazelle, the director of Whiplash, presents a familiar world. Although it will be released in major cinemas across the country on December 25, it is also at the Stoned film festival in Bogotá on December 3 and 4.
The issues facing the central couple, played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, whose chemistry is more than proven (they have starred in several films together), are known and common. In their fights there are no easy solutions, no villains, only two real people faced by gages of life. Gosling and Stone, even when their characters sing or levitate while dancing, convey a full humanity and an ordinary love. Both actors do an excellent job embodying people who are wrong, who have mixed feelings but who equally love each other and try to do their best while they seek to achieve their dreams in Los Angeles, a city of dreams and disappointment.
It has a certain nostalgia, an old Hollywood feel (the director used the classic CinemaScope lenses, with which it was recorded in the fifties), that gives a sweetness to the tape. He remembers the best of cinema: the deep emotions he can arouse in his audience, without resorting to mere excitement. It is a love letter to the seventh art and to the city that has become its synonym, with all its imperfections. Music enhances that feeling. It alleviates the feelings of Watch La La Land online the characters without the constant intrusion of a common musical. (more…)