They say that musicals are outdated and are only meant to stay on Broadway. Well, that’s because no one in the past 20 years has made anything as original and stunning like Damien Chazelle.
La La Land, exceeds expectations. It exceeds the criteria that movie musicals have been structured as for years. It is seamless and effortless, each frame allows the audience to feel something as the crossing of the dream state and reality are blurred. Chazelle never fails to play with the camera and give the audiences different perceptions of situations that we have seen hundreds of times in any other film. This film captivates you from the very first song, it makes you laugh, it makes you feel like your heart is about to burst because of how exquisite the visuals are. The score along with the musical numbers reinvents movie musicals but it also resonates deep within you as it is also nostalgic.
The highest compliment I can give La La Land is that it is a modern day version of Singin in the Rain. It is just as vibrant in aesthetics as it is with its characters. This is the musical of our generation, the songs are already stuck in my head and I can’t wait to watch this film over and over again.
A simplistic true story that allowed audiences to understand the civil rights movement in all its hardship, Loving brings together a touching and heartfelt story. Ruth Negga had captured Mildred’s spirit and determination. Her strength and maternal energy had a calmness that filled the atmosphere of the film. However, the film itself lacked in the structured narrative, it was extremely slow and nothing had escalated. I expected some sort of climax or any confrontation from either of them but there was nothing. It was just a waiting game but nothing ended up happening. The film depicts their home life as normal and loving just as any family but the struggle was unseen and it felt like it was just known. There was little to no dialogue and it just lacked in anything relevant enough to progress the story. In the end they decided to explain in text format what happened to the family later on which was more tragic than the actual struggle for them to remain married. I had high hopes for this film to be rounded and emotional but sadly it did not reach it.