Thursday 12 January
& Friday 13 to Thursday 26 January
(12A) 2hrs 8mins
USA 2017 Dir. Damien Chazelle
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Amiee Conn, Terry Walters, Thom Shelton, Cinda Adams, J.K. Simmons
A full-blown Hollywood musical confidently set in contemporary Los Angeles, Lala Land carries the scent of movies that have gone before and yet allows Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, two of today’s most attractive stars, to reveal themselves in a startling, glorious light. They play Seb, a jazz pianist, and Mia, an aspiring actor, who meet, fall in love, sing and dance like it’s 1929, bringing the genre blazingly back to life.
From the moment La La Land begins, with a woman stuck in traffic on a freeway, getting out of her car, stretching her arms and bursting into a song that triggers a full-scale production number with the energy and drive of Fame and the chutzpah of On the Town, it is irresistible. No wonder it has just won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best picture. In a time of uncertainty, it takes America back to the most glorious days of the silver screen – and reasserts the value of an art form Hollywood invented.