I went to watch La La Land last week. After reading a stream of gushing praise and hearing about the multiple Golden Globes it won, I was expecting big things. I was left completely non-plussed - I thought it was a big old bunch of meh... (warning - spoilers!)
1. For a musical, the musical talent is very much lacking. Fair play to R-Gos for learning the piano and all that, pretty impressive. But neither of them are good at singing, and that gets on my nerves. I understand it's supposed to be all real and #relatable, they're just two normal people trying to make it in harsh old Hollywood yeah, but why are you in a musical if you can't sing? All this twee, breathy half singing half speaking I find highly irritating. On the same note, the choreography was super boring and badly executed.
2. In what I imagine is a very unpopular opinion, I'm just not that keen on Emma Stone. I don't think she's as great as everyone bangs on about. I find her 'goofy', deadpan, I'm-so-knowing, cutesy ways to be tiresome, not adorable. Same with Ryan Gosling tbh - don't get the hype. He's just kind of there, flaring his nostrils.
3. The opening song - what was all that about? It was like watching an episode of Glee. I know it's a film and all but it was painfully obvious that they were miming - it was like the sound didn't match up or something.
4. A thing I did like about the film was the cinematography - the colours and the old school Hollywood style made the film pleasing to the eye and fun to watch. However, the film relied way too heavily on this - the story line was absolutely generic and it was all the epitome of style over substance. This does not a Golden Globe winning film make in my opinion.
5. I didn't fall in love with the characters at all (I don't usually agree with Hadley Freeman, but I love her talking about Ryan Gosling's character here) - I just didn't really care if they were together or not. They went from being super passionate and in love to just kind of going 'actually shall we just leave it', in the space of about 10 minutes. There was no real reason for them splitting up, it was very unbelievable.
6. Following on from this, it was very confusing time-wise. One minute you think it's set in the '50s, the next minute you realise it's actually set in the present day (I'm assuming - due to iPhones, the cars etc.) This left many questions unanswered - why did the casting director call Seb and not Mia? How would she even have his mobile number? Why did Mia write her whole play out by hand - did she not have a laptop?
I just do not get why this film is put on such a pedestal.
Have you seen La La Land? I would love to hear other thoughts on this below!