Monday, January 23, 2017

La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

Rather expected to hate this, but didn't. It's certainly full of clichés (somewhat knowingly), but it can't really do anything with them other than inhabit them. Hence when it's charming - which it certainly is, not infrequently - the clichés don't matter. When it isn't charming, I found it tedious more than irritating. Could certainly have done with better tunes and better lyrics, and none of the dances really won me over: the best I think was the two of them by the bench after the party at which she requests "I Ran". (Quite why to be asked to play Flock of Seagulls is an insult, when he's apparently happy to wear a ludicrous outfit and play A-Ha escaped me...)

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