Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend several screenings for movies that I am almost certain will be nominated for Best Picture in the early weeks of January 2017. Two of those films, Manchester By The Sea and Hacksaw Ridge, were among my favorite moviegoing experiences of the year. Still, even while I was lost in the worlds those movies created I could not shake the idea that La La Land still needed to be seen.
As you probably know by now, La La Land is the latest film from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle. The romance-musical takes place in a fictionalized version of Hollywood and features the first onscreen pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone since they last fell for one another in 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. The latest trailer introduces both of their characters and where they find themselves at the top of the story, but that is about all we’re given aside from numerous flashes of what looks to be elaborate song and dance sequences. Give it a watch:
If that footage didn’t sell you on La La Land I don’t know what could. The synopsis reads:
“Written and directed by Academy Award® 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.”
La La Land opens in theaters nationwide next month and it will almost certainly be a contender for Best Picture, amongst other awards, in the two months that follow. Don’t miss it. See it on the biggest screen possible with someone you love and share that memory for the rest of your lives.