Towards my higher judgment, I went to see La La Land this weekend as a substitute of Hidden Figures. I want I had seen Hidden Figures (CB mentioned it was so good!) as a result of I got here out of La La Land so aggravated. It’s not that La La Land (hereafter known as LLL so I don’t need to hold typing it out) is a nasty film – it’s really not a nasty film in any respect. Now that I’ve seen it, I completely get why writer-director Damien Chazelle is the main contender for all of these Finest Director awards. Having seen Moonlight, I feel Barry Jenkins must also be an enormous a part of the dialog for Finest Director too (in my thoughts, the awards might and may go to both of them), however I received’t be mad if Chazelle takes residence the Finest Director Oscar. He had a $30 million price range and he did a lot with it. A number of the photographs and long-takes (with out cuts/edits) had been breathtaking in scope. LLL actually is a stupendous – if twee – movie.
My principal drawback was with the story and the hype across the performances. When you might inform that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone each put in lots of work for his or her roles, it bugs me that Emma is seen as such a significant Oscar contender and Gosling will not be. Gosling had a lot extra to do and his character had extra meat whereas Emma’s character was little greater than a cardboard cutout of a struggling actress. She had no character arc – she obtained every little thing she needed with out having to alter or develop. Plus, she was a kind of stereotypical pseudo-coy don’t-look-at-me-aren’t-I-adorable actress-y actresses. Tremendous-annoying.
Different conversations across the movie – there’s a dialog about white privilege and “the privilege of nostalgia,” as in LLL is a throw-back to twee, treacly, sentimental Hollywood musicals set within the 1950s for essentially the most half, and solely white of us get nostalgic about that point. There’s additionally an issue with a white character eager to “save jazz,” though having seen the film, I feel they handled that difficulty inside the story, by means of John Legend’s character. Talking of, Legend was the one non-white supporting character. There have been folks of shade round, however they had been principally used as window-dressing for the white characters’ love story. Essentially the most disturbing scene (for me) was when Gosling’s Seb is acting at a jazz membership, with an viewers that’s primarily African-American, and all the black of us kind a circle round Emma’s Mia as she dances. Like, actually, black of us are solely there to function background.
Salon had a bit in regards to the quiet backlash in opposition to LLL following its dominance on the Golden Globes, and whether or not that backlash will in the end have an effect on its Oscar probabilities. My prediction is that LLL will lead in Oscar nominations and Emma and Chazelle will possible take residence Oscars, whatever the backlash. I’m nonetheless hoping that Moonlight picks up Finest Image although (nevertheless it may simply be a pipe dream at this level).
PS… These are photographs of Emma, Ryan and Damien in Paris final week. Em’s sporting Chanel.
Pictures courtesy of Fame/Flynet.