LaLa Land

Why LaLa Land Was a Success

As a guy who watches a lot of movies I felt compelled to review LaLa land, and talk about why it was such a good movie. Trust me, i’m not big into check flicks, but this movie is amazing.

Despite rave reviews, or perhaps because of them precisely, you hesitate to go to La La Land, the musical nugget of Damien Chazelle. In this article, I am going to give you six real reasons why the movie was a success.

“Jubilatory”, “prodigy”, “breath-taking”… Hard to find a single negative criticism of La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s film. Except that too much praise can sometimes cause the opposite effect and annoy the viewer. At the risk of feeding all the trimmings around La La Land, we explain why everyone is talking about it… and why it was a success.

Coupled with the fact that the movie made 12.5 million dollars the first day it was opened in china, including Sunday previews and online ticketing fees, it crossed the 300 million dollars’ mark worldwide. This is why the movie is a must see for most movie lovers.

1 – For Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

Between Spider-Man’s ex-girlfriend and the blond-but-dark Canadian, alchemy is obvious. They’ve already posted it in two movies: Crazy Stupid Love in 2011 and Gangster Squad in 2013. Yet no romance off the set for these two. Ryan Gosling shares the life of Eva Mendes, whom he also warmly thanked at the Golden Globes.

A platonic alchemy, so, but cleverly maintained in interview, as part of an ultra-well-oiled promo. Each is spreading on the qualities of the other and the happiness they have to work together. “Emma Stone is like a Christmas present every day,” says Ryan Gosling. “He’s a great teammate, it’s really fun to play with him and spend time with him, it’s the best,” says Stone. Or again: “We’ve been friends since the minute we met, he’s a wonderful person and an incredible actor,” she continues ecstatic in Entertainment Weekly.

From them, Damien Chazelle says they are “what comes closest to one of those old Hollywood couples”. The director compares them even to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They may simply be very good actors. Like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, precisely, dream couple on the screen, who did not particularly appreciate in life.

2 – For Damien Chazelle

He is young and makes original films. This makes the director of 32 years the new darling of criticism that already compares to a “young Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese”. In addition, Damien Chazelle has everything to please the French public. He is French-speaking – his father, Bernard Chazelle, a university professor of computer science is French – and loves French cinema. He also quotes in a recent interview on Europe 1 several French actors with whom he would like to work, Romain Duris in the lead, but also Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Jeanne Balibar or Catherine Deneuve.

Whiplash, his first film (Oscar winner), is inspired by his own experience as a jazz drummer. He himself studied jazz drumming in high school, practicing up to eight hours a day.

The success that seems to smile him today did not happen overnight. It took six years to find the money to realize La La Land.

3 – Because it’s not a franchise…

The film is neither a reboot nor a sequel, which is already rare enough in Hollywood movies. Even though La La Land cultivates references and winks to musicals of the 1950s and 1960s and a certain nostalgia, it is an original scenario and not a rehash of a film of the 1980s.

4 – Because of Jacques Demy

Bored with jazz since a young age, Damien Chazelle is a big fan of the Hollywood age, but also of Jacques Demy. “It’s probably Demy who influenced me the most, not only for this film but for everything I’ve done so far,” he told AFP.

“I love it, he also explained on Europe 1. When I first saw the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, I did not know we could do that with a musical, we could talk about So deep emotions Before that, the musicals were the joy and the show and nothing else. I discovered through Jacques Demy, yes the musicals is the joy, it’s the hope but it can also be melancholy and regret, it’s life, it’s both. ”

5 – For the dark side

Everything is not sweet pink, in La La Land. Do not be fooled by the energy, the sparkling and colorful side of the film or the fact that it’s a romantic comedy. Without spoiling the story, we can reveal that it is not a “Hollywood Ending”, according to the term of Damien Chazelle. More Umbrellas of Cherbourg than Sing in the rain, so.

6 – Because of the Awards and Nominations

Best actor, best actress, best costumes, best director, best film… La La Land has 14 Oscar nominations. The opening show of the Golden Globes parodied several scenes of the film. In short, Hollywood is infatuated with the film, which is not necessarily a bad sign.

Oscars 2017:

  • Best director for Damien Chazelle
  • Best Actress for Emma Stone
  • Best photography
  • Best decorations
  • Best Original Music and Best Original City of Stars Song for Justin Hurwitz

Venice Film Festival 2016:

  • Volpi Cup for best female performance for Emma Stone

 

Toronto International Film Festival 2016:

  • People’s Choice Award (Special Presentations Selection)

Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards 2016:

  • Best Director for Damien Chazelle

New York Movie Critics Circle Awards 2016:

  • Best Movie

Golden Globes 2017:

  • Best Musical Film or Comedy
  • Best director for Damien Chazelle
  • Best Actress in a musical film or comedy for Emma Stone
  • Best Actor in a musical film or comedy for Ryan Gosling
  • Best screenplay
  • Best Original Song and Best Movie Music for Justin Hurwitz

British Academy Film Awards 2017:

  • Best film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress for Emma Stone
  • Best photography
  • Best movie music

Finally, La La Land, besides the romance between Mia and Sebastian, is above all a love story between the director, jazz and the 50s and 60s. Many references make us rediscover this beautiful era: Jazz clubs like The Blue note, cult films like The Fury of Life, tap-dancing duets such as the legendary couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, collective dance scenes in the city like in West Side Story…

La La Land goes in all directions and simply gives us the desire to return to the sources by watching, again and again, the mythical musicals, which, unlike La La land, have gone down in history. These, among many other reasons, are a good evidence of a successful.

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