REVIEW: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling shine in charming modern musical ‘La La Land’

PUBLISHED: 16:30 14 January 2017

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in 'La La Land'.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in 'La La Land'.


Set in contemporary Los Angeles, but with timely touches of Golden Age Hollywood and clever cinematic flourishes, ‘La La Land’ is a loveable musical for the modern day.

Right from the first scene, set amid an LA traffic jam which soon becomes a spontaneous musical/dance number (the infectious ‘Another Day of Sun’) the all-singing, all-dancing ethos is apparent - boosted by countless colourful costumes and unbelievably perfect weather.

Directed by Damien Chazelle (‘Whiplash’), the charming musical has two Californian lovers with big dreams at its heart – and a love affair with traditional jazz.

It tells the story of down on her luck coffee barista and aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone), who continues to bump into struggling jazz purist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as the pair struggle to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

As well as delivering endearing performances, the onscreen couple ooze chemistry having starred alongside each other in ‘Gangster Squad’ and ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’. They’re impressive dancers and singers, too; though not overly-perfected and rehearsed, instead retaining a human aspect often lost in movie scripts.

Boasting an infectious, memorable soundtrack, ‘La La Land’s characters burst into song at every turn. Veering from emotive to uplifting, each number comes to life with West End style.

It’s virtually impossible not to find yourself swept up in the fantastical, romanticised story - there’s a reason it’s won so many awards.

Even if you’re not a fan of musicals, ‘La La Land’ is guaranteed to make you smile.

‘La La Land’ is now showing at The Light Cinema in Wisbech. For full listing dates and times visit

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