From the moment it was announced, I was looking forward to Damien Chazelle’s follow up film to his 2014 breakout, Whiplash, titled La La Land. A musical in the same vein as the classic movies with Fred Astaire or from director Jacques Demy, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. To put it simply, the movie sounded and looked like the kind of dreamy and charming film that we don’t really see a lot of these days. When it was moved to awards season a few months ago as well, it was clear that the confidence in the project was immense.
Today, the first official trailer for the movie has been released as well, and guess what? Surprise, surprise – it looks dreamy and charming. Oh, and it may or may not reveal the first track from the film’s original soundtrack as well, sung by Gosling himself, called “City of Stars.”
Check out the teaser below:
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
It’s probably not surprising to say that the visuals in the trailer alone are breathtaking, following how gorgeous we saw Chazelle make drumming look in Whiplash, but it’s also clear that he’s been given even more free reign and budget this time around to create something very different than his previous outing. The movie looks soaked in a kind of classic, old Hollywood mood and aesthetic, which is enough to make this film buff very, very excited.
Gosling and Emma Stone, who have a proven track record of chemistry onscreen will be reuniting here once again, even though the original leads for the movie were set to be Emma Watson and Miles Teller, before scheduling changed and Chazelle’s ideas of the characters reportedly did as well. Considering the onscreen pair that these two can be, I’d say that the writer and director may have hit the jackpot once again here though. Keep your eyes peeled for La La Land in a couple of months, you won’t want to miss it.
La La Land will dance its way into theatres on December 2nd.
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