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Monday, January 9, 2017

Report Card---"La La Land"

What's good about "La La Land"---It's very imaginative, it's musically exquisite, it's extremely well acted and directed.
What's bad about "La La Land"---It's just not all that interesting.
This is the same man responsible for "Whiplash", a much better movie that never stops being interesting.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Only stylistically.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Not really.

Is it a story worth telling?

It's been told many times.

Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are first rate.  And he found a part for J.K. Simmons.
Always a good idea.

Well shot?

Stunningly.  The style is what all the shouting is about.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Absolutely.  He's probably the only one who could have sold it.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

Just about right.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely and totally.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never predictable, always surprising, except that you know that boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets girl.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Yes.  About how visually sumptuous it is.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

About five.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A-.

I certainly liked it far more than I disliked it.  But I don't think it deserves awards.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."