La La Land 3.0 stars

La La Land movie poster

Billed as a movie lover’s dream for a reason: the eye hasn’t seen this much color on screen since Vincente Minnelli passed. The songs and musical numbers are lively, the cast attractive, all attempts to transform city streets into expressionistically lit studio backlots successful, and the ending decidedly downbeat. And there’s this five-and-a-half-minute long take that starts in search of a parked car and ends with a slow and deliberate pan over to the Hollywood Hills at twilight time that found me struggling to pick my jaw up from off the floor. Ditto a lovely romantic walking tour of the Warner Bros. lot. But, and it’s a big but, any number of the movie musicals that director Damien Chazelle references (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Band Wagon, It’s Always Fair Weather, etc.) have more depth of characterization than either Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s comparative stick figures are assigned. But enough grouching. This is one crowd-pleaser worth getting behind. 2016.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-674-6164 | Directions

Sunday, March 26

10:20pm

Monday, March 27

10:25am

Tuesday, March 28

10:25am

Wednesday, March 29

10:25am

Thursday, March 30

10:25am

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Monday, March 27

11:55am, 6:05pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:55am, 6:05pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:55am, 6:05pm

Thursday, March 30

11:55am, 6:05pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Sunday, March 26

10:30pm

Monday, March 27

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, March 28

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760-436-7469 | Directions

Monday, March 27

8:15pm

Tuesday, March 28

4:00pm

Comments

mariecarter Dec. 28, 2016 @ 9:11 a.m.

This critic, as with Jackie, misses the mark. For a real review of La La Land, read The New Yorkers excellent review by Richard Brody.

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