In an era full of hollow musical biopics, this one has to be the most meaningless. Austin Butler is a real talent and Hanks is Hanks, but that’s pretty much where the positives end. This movie is the definition of style over substance. Overlong, overproduced, and over-saturated.
Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz understand that some feelings are just so big they have to be sung and danced.
La La Land is a riveting, magical musical feature that pays constant tribute to a century of musicals and Hollywood films about Hollywood, without ever succumbing to cliché.
Chazelle’s deep and spacious romanticism includes the city and its dreamers and music and movies and love itself. The storyline is deceptively simple, but the specificity of the detail, depth of understanding,…