‘La La Land’ Movie Review Roundup: Nostalgic, But Innovative Film Wins Raves
La La Land, recently released in theaters has been gaining speed and great numbers in the box office.
The film, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, pulled in $855,000 for a per screen average of $171,000. In just one week, La La Land has the highest per-location average of all time for a five-theater release according to the Liongate Studio.
The reviews so far are very positive, and the movie achieved a near perfect score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in LA.
‘La La Land’ Review Roundup
“La La Land” succeeds both as a fizzy fantasy and a hard-headed fable, a romantic comedy and a showbiz melodrama, a work of sublime artifice and touching authenticity. The artifice lies in the gorgeous colors, the suave camera movements and the elegant wide-screen compositions. In the songs and choreography too, of course, though it has to be said that, with one or two exceptions, these are more competent than dazzling.” – A. O. Scott, New York Times
“[Damien] Chazelle has reinvigorated the big-screen musical by embracing the present while paying tribute to the past, by balancing irony and innocence, novelty and nostalgia… La La Land is suffused with a love of moviemaking so profound it tingles.” – Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
“The director of Whiplash delivers a musical romance that rushes from first love to heartache via showtunes, love songs and free jazz. Propelled by charming performances from its leads, it’s a sweet-natured drama that’s full of bounce.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“I’m hoping that “La La Land” will be a hit for the ages, for all ages. It’s a film that re-enacts, with rare originality, a classic role for the movie medium—escapist entertainment in troubled times.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
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