Tyler 'Llewyn'’s review published on Letterboxd:
I only expected a fun musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, an optimistic story about dreamers in LA making their way through life- while La La Land is definitely all these things, it's also so much more.
La La Land is not just optimistic, it's also honest and realistic. While it's spectacle is dazzling, joyful and romantic, it's also bittersweet and sometimes tragic.
Like Damien Chazelle's previous film, Whiplash, I found myself relating to the characters in this movie, I saw myself in them.
I felt the hopelessness of Mia's failures, I felt the drive of Sebastian to create what he believes in. I saw myself as an artist in this movie, all parts of being a creative mind are here and celebrated.
The gorgeous cinematography and beautiful music are a plus as well. All the set pieces were stunning and every sequence of this movie took me to joyful escape while still keeping me invested in these characters, glitzy and glamorous just as the age of film it pays homage to.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone work so well together. Their chemistry is electric and my god Sebastian is just the boyfriend of my dreams.
La La Land is a masterpiece that will live on forever, it will inspire many people to not only follow their dreams, but to do so knowing the costs.
I can't wait to see stage productions of this film in near future. An instant classic.