Damien Chazelle is a strange case in Hollywood. He is probably the youngest director to have as much clout as he already has. In less than three years he went from directing an indie film to the biggest film of the year. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as two young dreamers who fall in love in Los Angeles and experience ups and downs throughout their time together. The film shares a lot of similarities with Singin’ in the Rain, both in terms of content and tone. The beauty of this film comes from its constantly optimistic tone, despite the struggle to succeed in Hollywood. Both Stone and Gosling give fantastic performances and even their singing isn’t bad. It’s clear that Chazelle is one to watch and whatever comes next for him will have a hard time living up to this one.
A modern musical that is both a tribute and spiritual sequel to the classic musicals of the fifties.
It may not have been the best film of the year, but it certainly deserves…
4.5 out of 5