La La Land (2016) (mini-review++)

lalal020.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 7

effects 9

editing 8

writing 8


4 out of 5 🐙


I don’t like most musicals. I am NOT the target audience for this kind of flick. What I dislike most is when characters break out into a song and dance number to convey a feeling or explain a situation. La La Land does mercifully little of that. There are some of those numbers and I did not like them at all. Even if I did like those kinds of things, I think it would have even good to cast leads who were excellent singers. Or maybe even very good singers. If only they had an entire city of attractive, professional level singers who could act to choose from. The spoken scenes were excellent, tho. Stone and Gosling are stellar and charming as always. I loved the ending. I won’t say much about it. Except it is heartbreaking and healing at once and I don’t know how that is possible. But here is a spoiler: Sliding Doors.

Also, will Hollywood ever tire of making movies about acting and the industry and inevitably rewarding these same films with awards? Answer: no.

The best thing I can say is that I expected to fully hate this movie but it gave me a lift when I really needed one.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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