I’m writing this the night before The Donald is sworn into office, bringing with him potentially the destruction of all humanity and at best, a damned good laugh for the next four years.
Rest assured, the event is being screened around the world and in a way, I am just curious as to how much of a car crash it actually will be. The whole thing has been like a car crash, in that you can’t help but slow down to take a look. I mean, if your pick for Education Secretary Betsy Devos thinks we need guns in schools to protect from bears and Rick Perry didn’t even know what job he was going to do, well…. just pick up some popcorn and play out it’s the end of the world as we know it;
So in a weird way, perhaps this is the most suitable time to bring up another mini meh about a film firmly based in a different universe, where we focus on two people trying to make it in the world as various successes and in essence, providing us with a happy escape. La La Land is another love letter in essence to Hollywood and the struggle to get famous by people who have to do sh*tty jobs before that big break. So already you would start suspecting that this would be a film genetically engineered to win lots of shiny shiny things, as if nothing else, Hollywood loves stuff that’s about itself, Trumbo and Birdman being two recent examples reviewed here of course.
Your mood may also be soured by the introduction where various people are stuck on a freeway / motorway in LA, sweating and bored, where they just start a huge musical number and about what is hard to understand half the time, but hey, at least then we know how our two soon-to-be lovebirds, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling meet, it’s by getting upset with each other when traffic starts moving and Emma decided to read some paper at the wheel instead of driving on. I know I should be referring to their chracter names, but honestly it’s going to be easier to just stick with the actors’ names! Continue reading →