They probably don’t know it yet, but a fairly significant percentage of movie fans are about to change their list of favorite films. On December 2nd (going wide on the 16th), a movie is heading to theaters that has the potential to move into a realm of its own, in much the way that Once simply changed the game.
La La Land follows a couple (Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) that will at least make people take some notice, and they have proven they can deliver, but the real sell here is writer/director Damien Chazelle. Perhaps not the biggest sell in terms of rushing out to pre-order tickets, but the biggest sell in terms of expectations that this will be one of the best films of the year.
Chazelle may not have dozens of films behind him, but with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, Grand Piano, and Whiplash, he has three of the most interesting movies in the past decade. Whiplash managed a lot of award attention, but somehow still felt largely undervalued.
The film is about two people chasing their dreams in Los Angeles, and the struggle that is simply having hope, being in love, and struggling at all. Chazelle has proven a master at bringing us characters in ways we haven’t seen before, almost tearing through the screen to deliver a reality we weren’t prepared for, and he certainly knows his way around using music in a story and a film.
The trailer itself is impressive, and if it actually gives a fair idea of the film there isn’t really anything else you need to know.
Check it out below, and let us know what you think about this one.
La La Land Trailer
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.
December 2, 2016 [LA & NY]
December 9, 2016 [Limited]
December 16, 2016 [Wide]
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Written by: Damien Chazelle
Music and Score by: Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Choreographer: Mandy Moore