This is a featurette about the music of La La Land, one of the best reviewed movies of 2016 and a very strong contender for next year’s Best Picture Oscar.
“In the heart of Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions while dedicated jazz musician Sebastian plays in dingy bars in order to scrape by. The two meet and fall in love, but, as success mounts, the dreams they worked so hard to maintain threaten to tear them apart.”
For the last three months La La Land has been making the rounds at most major film festivals and reviews out of them have been glowing. Currently the musical is at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes after 62 counted reviews, averaging an 8.8 out of 10. That makes it one of the best reviewed movies of 2016, alongside Manchester by the Sea (97%, 8.8/10), Hell or High Water (98%, 8.5/10) or Moonlight (98%, 9.0/10). That’s pretty good company and you can expect to see La La Land up for a couple Oscars next year in February (including Best Picture and obviously Best Original Score). Suffice it to say La La Land is a movie people should pay attention to this December.
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) wrote and directed La La Land while Justin Hurwitz scored the original soundtrack. Starring in the film are Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and J.K. Simmons.
La La Land will be out in select theaters in the US starting December 9th, before going nationwide on December 16th, alongside a little movie called Rogue One. Pretty good counterprogramming in my opinion.