The Movie: 7/10
I’m not a fan of musicals. Well, that’s not strictly true, The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite movie, so I do have a bit of love for the genre. The thing is, other than the recent Sing Street, and even Jersey Boys, musicals have never rang my bell. I’m not sure if it’s just that I’m not a singing type, or if I really do just like the conversations and action and “real life” moments that characters live out instead of breaking into song and dance. I know, I know, space battles and people planning on turning into lobsters if they don’t find love (See The Lobster) aren’t really “real life” but at least they aren’t singing about it.
I would say my favorite parts of La La Land would be the talkie parts, you know, when there is no singing, no dancing, just characters who represent humans who are living through the times of their lives. I like the story, mostly. I mean, a struggling actress and jazz piano player don’t exactly rile up any connection for me, but I do understand their plight. They are in an industry that’s rough and not for anyone who can’t handle the rejection and battering of every part of who you are, just to get a job. I still don’t connect to their drama or that need for whatever is it they need to find as a famous actress or jazz bar owner. That doesn’t keep me uninterested though. I wanted to know where their choices and conflicts took them. The love story is nice, but almost a sideline to the overall idea of just living your life, follow that dream you have.
I like the cast. The music is fine, but a bit much for me. That opening number, ugh. I was not into it at all. The dance in the planetarium was cool, and the one on the street was appropriate. I’m not a romantic, can you tell:)
Overall La La Land was good, fun, and the message is good; “Don’t let someone else suck the life out of your dreams.” Like I said, I’m not much of a romantic 🙂
- Audio Commentary With Writer Director Damien Chazelle and Composer Justin Hurwitz
- Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos (5 Minutes) – A couple of the songs from the movie sang by the Director and Composer.
- Marketing Gallery – Theatrical Trailers and Poster Gallery
- Song Selection (48 Minutes) – Quick access to each of the films songs.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 5/10
It’s fine, but because it just looks like a musical number, I wouldn’t have it as a poster.
Audio & Video: 10/10 By Ascully
La La Land is presented on Blu-ray using an AVC transfer preserving the CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1. Director Damian Chazelle used film here none of your digital nonsense and this movie is simply gorgeous from start to finish. The back of the box refers to the movie as a “Sun drenched masterpiece” which I totally agree with. I have watched this film three times this week and can’t get enough of it. Black levels are deep and detail is evident in every scene. Chazelles use of color throughout is amplified in this HD presentation.
La La Land uses a Dolby Atmos 7.1 track that literally blows the roof off your system. A musical lives and dies on the quality of its sound and here the sound is off the charts. Dialog is clean and central and singing is also easy to comprehend. This is a spectacular track that brings everything together and makes La La Land one of the best movies of the year.
Overall Score 7/10