Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” is a perfect piece of entertainment, which also happens to be about something. Putting the pursuit of art and pursuit of love on parallel tracks, Chazelle’s bright lush musical feels like breath of retro fresh air – a new version of an old form. Emma Stone’s lovely performance as a struggling actress is well-matched with Ryan Gosling’s sly smoothness as an equally struggling jazz pianist. His character’s flaw is a jazz elitism, but he’s not trying to save the form – just stay true to what he believes in. Robert DeNiro played the same guy in “New York, New York” but that movie avoided the myopic cultural backlash that chafed “La La Land.”
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