I can't get enough of "La La Land," a remarkable movie and a unique musical experience filled with songs and characters that have meaning.
"La La Land" is an Oscar contending film starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz piano player looking for a place to play, and Emma Stone as an actress looking for a part to play. So what do they do? They meet, they fall in love, and they sing and dance because, well, they're in "La La Land."
"La La Land" seamlessly crosses back and forth between fantasy and reality. Mia and Sebastian are both career driven and living in a city known for beating down careers but that doesn't stop them from showing up at the Griffith Observatory and dancing with the stars.
31 year old writer-director, Damien Chazelle, the director of "Whiplash," created "La La Land" as a tribute to life's possibilities. His movie is hopelessly romantic and emotionally realistic.
John Legend plays a friend and musician, and the film features an elevated discussion on what it takes to be an artist.
La La Land" is rated PG-13 and from beginning to end will make you smile, think, and feel. It's a cinematic masterpiece bathed in the colors of life that says romance and careers can be messy, even melancholy.
But don't let it stop you from dreaming. This is my favorite film of the year.