It was sold as a contemporary version of the great musicals of the late 40's early 50's but although it's charming enough, it's just not in the same league as those classics. Those films had knockout... Read moredancers who could really dance and singers who could sing. This has neither. But it's pleasant, and the two stars make it work up to a point. But if you're expecting another American in Paris, or Astaire and Rogers classic, forget this and rent the real thing. Or lower your expectations.
Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.