La La Land (12a)
This is not really a musical but a funny and subversive exploration of the nature of success in the jungle that is Tinsel Town. Two arty young hopefuls with moderate talents take on the “system”; the result is a conflict of ambition and ethics expertly guided through a labyrinth of iconic Hollywood film imagery from “Casablanca” to “Singing in the Rain” by a director who holds contradictory points of view.
Blinding cinematography, a superb script, acceptable songs, average dancing, and a kind of aching romance not seen since the forties this “blockbuster” manages to be both entertaining and profound.
Damien Chazelle | USA | 2016 | 128 mins | 12A