16th January 2018 La La Land (2016); Director: Damien Chazelle; Certificate 12A
Winner of six Academy Awards and many other prizes, this enchanting bitter-sweet movie musical set in Los Angeles features Emma Stone as Mia Dolan and Ryan Gosling as Sebastian Wilder. Mia is an aspiring actress and survives by serving lattes to movie stars between auditions. Sebastian dreams of owning his own jazz club but plays the piano in dingy bars. Their first encounter is in a traffic jam when Mia rehearses for an audition in her stationary car and doesn’t notice that the cars ahead of her have started moving until the car behind her, driven impatiently by Sebastian, tries to overtake her and they have a brief moment of road rage. But they meet again and their relationship soon takes off. They both encourage each other to pursue their dreams but, as they achieve their aspirations, their very success threatens to rip them apart. Terrific lead performances by Emma Stone as the vivacious Mia and Ryan Gosling as the suavely charming Sebastian, a compelling script, assured direction, and some wonderful music combine to make this romantic comedy film a musical masterpiece.