Most of the time, there is a pretty good chance I won’t agree with movie critics. This is not one of those times. La La Land is a beautifully made film and definitely one of my favorites of the year. It is a modern day Singin’ in the Rain (RIP Debbie Reynolds) and you’re pretty much guaranteed to want to twirl about everywhere you go for a week after seeing it.
You know that feeling you get when a scene begins and you don’t know whether to laugh, or cry, or die because it is so damn gorgeous and amazing? This movie is chalk-full of those kinds of scenes. And I laughed plenty. Cried plenty. Felt like I might burst from so many emotions.
La La Land makes you forget you are watching a musical. The film doesn’t rely heavily on its musical numbers to carry the story, and none of them feel random or awkward. The film effectively inserts sweeping scenes of song and dance, pulling you into what seems like a realistic world. The sets are stunning, every single song is catchy, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give wonderful performances.
This is a must-see in theaters. I’ve seen it twice and the audience cheered MULTIPLE times during each showing. It really is that good.