“I guess I’ll see you in the movies”: La La Land Review

Unlike other genres of film, pulling off a classic musical means simply abiding by one simple formula:

Great Songs + Great Dance + Dynamic Characters
A Healthy Dose Of Self-Awareness

Pull that off (no easy feat in itself), add some camp and a level of optimism about the world that’s tantamount to denialism and Bob’s Your Uncle: you’ve landed yourself a Singing In The Rain. Despite being touted as revivalism of the MGM classics, and criticised in places for being a rote application of said formula, the stunning La La Land in fact thrives and lives in three key addendums to the blueprint:

a) The Camera Dances Too

The death of musicals has long been greatly exaggerated. TV sitcoms have been keeping the genre alive for decades (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Simpsons both aired one this month alone), Continue reading ““I guess I’ll see you in the movies”: La La Land Review”