La La Land

La La Land ★★★½

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There are transcendent moments, mostly the song and dance numbers and that beautiful ending, but I felt that Chazelle was too busy having his characters argue the art dreams versus commercial reality debate to fully give in to the dream. At times reminiscent of mid-period Woody Allen (and that's neither praise nor damnation), this gets close to perfect early on but doesn't deliver on that promise - there are 2 great songs, but we get them early on and there's nothing to match them later. It all looks beautiful, Gosling and Stone are a perfect pairing, it just feels like a missed opportunity.

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