Release Date: 3 May 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend
It’s no secret that Hollywood loves itself, so it’s no surprise that this filmic paean to Tinseltown was all over the Golden Globes and Oscars like a rash (don’t worry though, there was cream for it in the swag bags)… It may also be because this sparkling contemporary ode to the musicals of Hollywood’s past from Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle makes for mighty fine entertainment. At its heart it’s a simple love story. Mia (Emma Stone) is the aspiring actress who can’t get a script, while Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz-loving pianist who won’t stick to the (musical notation) script. They have a couple of run-ins which suggest a hate/hate relationship. As is the Hollywood way, however, events keep conspiring to bring them together, and enmity makes way for intensity. Ah, but naturally the path to true love has more than its fair share of bumps – and is punctuated by outbreaks of song and dance, with Justin Hurwitz’s lavish score expertly hanging to the right side of the line between mawkish and magnificent. Pure joyous escapism, La La Land is the sort of musical that even those who don’t care much for the genre will enjoy, despite themselves.