La La Land

Reviewed
Sat. 5/6/17
La La Land
4
Acting
4
4/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
4
4/5
Story
4
4/5
Visuals
4
4/5
Kernel Factor
3
3/5
Hey, I've lived in LA. Therefore I loved this movie
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Musical/Dance
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

If you have ever lived/live in LA, wanted to be from LA, or really love LA, then you should definitely like this movie. I now see why it won so many awards. I certainly think it deserves a few awards, but probably not the entire Oscars. However, this film highlights LA in ways that I think many movies want to do, but they don't have the script that allows for it. I also realize why the writer-director (Damien) had such a hard time getting someone to pick this film up. Without Ryan and Emma this musical would have been tough. They do a fabulous job, and save every scene that might have fallen flat with other actors. I was very impressed with the ending of the movie. They could have done things in a way that it wraps up with a perfect bow, and I think it would have sold the story short. I felt like there was a lot of deep thought about what really is the purpose of trying to make our way through Hollywood. This film should make every actor and Hollywood exec and wanna-be proud. Obviously it did.

Acting
Ryan and Emma (we're on a first name basis) have an amazing chemistry. They are so good they make the other characters performances average or noticeably worse than theirs. I really enjoyed watching the two of them. 
Morality
This movie proves you can make a musical and a movie and win every award while totally minimizing or not even including cussing, violence, and sexuality. Also, the theme of the movie contains a great moral.
Music
Honestly, the music was great. Even though a musical is not my preferred "go-to", most of the songs resonated with me, and were done really well (choreography, lyrics, music, and visuals).
Story
If you are someone (like me) who hopes to make films that make a difference, this film's story is great! The ups and downs of Hollywood and dreams in musical form. It felt so accurate to so many people's experiences. 
Visuals
The opening scene was sort of sloppy, but also amazing (cars already dented, boom shadow, but the location, wow). They used their boom like it was their job, but it gave it the feeling that you were really watching a musical.
Kernel Factor
This movie took A LOT to put together when I consider each scene. You can tell this was a long-time dream in the making. At times this movie is perfection and at other times some scenes feel so rushed, or just like a one-take because they couldn't do it again. Overall, I really like how they ended the movie.

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