A little romance anyone? If you’re anything like me you’re a bona fide sucker for films that deal with matter of the heart and the upcoming film “La La Land” promises to be that and so much more. “La La Land” is said to be a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling, Tinsel Town darling Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Tom Everett Scott and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot follows a musician and aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles.
Emma Stone stars as Mia, an aspiring/struggling actress working as a barista at a coffee shop on Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles who serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions while Ryan Gosling plays Sebastian, a jazz pianist who makes a living by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars and has dreams of opening his own club.
The two are joined by singer-songwriter John Legend who portrays the character Keith, who is a successful mainstream jazz performer and a member of Sebastian’s band.
La La Land had its world premiere as the Venice Film Festival’s opening night film on August 31, 2016. La La Land was met with widespread critical acclaim, with praise aimed at Damien Chazelle’s screenplay and direction, Emma Stone’s and Ryan Gosling’s performances, and the film’s musical numbers. Fellow actor Tom Hanks praised the film, particularly its originality, and stated,
“When you see something that is brand new, that you can’t imagine, and you think ‘well thank God this landed’, because I think a movie like La La Land would be anathema to studios. Number one, it is a musical and no one knows the songs.”
La La Land is slated to hit United States theaters on December 9th.
Written By: Monique C. Tillman