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La La Land 
Who said Oscarbait has to be boring?
3/4 stars

A joyously energetic tribute to Hollywood musicals, LA LA LAND is more entertaining thanks to having an innocence rarely seen on modern cinema these days. The characters are world weary but not too cynical, the mood is light but not too superficial, and the direction is undeniably stylish is vibrant w/o being too distracting. This was once the norm for Hollywood films, not just musicals. But then we grew up but perhaps unfairly left such means of storytelling behind. For better or worse.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are excellent together and apart from each other as big dreamers who become lovers amidst the hectic if not cutthroat world of show business lurking behind the glamour of Los Angeles. If there's one complaint that can be fairly leveled at LA LA LAND, it's that the story is not that original. But it is pretty entertaining.


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