Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their passions. What will they have to sacrifice to achieve their dreams?
I kept away from reviews of this film when I went to go and see it in the cinema back in January just so my opinions wouldn’t be skewed by other people’s opinions. As a result, I also wasn’t too aware of what the film was actually about, although I had a pretty good idea without knowing every twist and turn.
It was a good movie, although it took me a little bit of time to get fully immersed in it. Visually, the cinematography is very bright and fast-paced. Even visually the lines between reality and imagination are blurred. The music was also very good too. I especially liked the jazz pieces.
The film itself seemed like a homage to the sweeping musicals of the 1930s as well as the 1950s melodrama film genre. While also being an abstract homage to so much cinematic history, it was also interesting that the ending did not grand the pair their happy ever after which seems so much the norm for most films. It was sad, but refreshing to see an alternate. I can see why its been nominated for so many awards.
Between the two leads, Gosling was definitely the stronger actor in terms of capability. It was also amusing to see J.K Simmons as the restaurant owner where Sebastian plays the piano before he gets his big break. All in all, a super movie with a mostly solid cast, with an important underlying message about ambition and the desire to succeed.
I think this is the sort of film you’d probably need to watch multiple times to get all the nuances. However, for the time being it was a great film to watch.
MY RATING: **** / *****