The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Amanda of Hollywood Consumer and we will be reviewing our favorite L.A. Films.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Amanda!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of L.A. Films.…
Number of Times Seen – Twice (23 Jan 2017 and 22 Oct 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Two lost souls in Los Angeles that are both trying to find success meet by accident which helps both of their careers propel forward.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw for the first time during the major award season hype that crowned it a winner before the votes were actually counted.
The film does a wonderful job recreating a Hollywood musical that is reminiscent of the musicals of the 1950’s and 60’s even if it doesn’t carry as much magic as most of those films had back then
The biggest problem that this film has is the fact that its story isn’t actually very interesting and seems to follow a pattern that has been used too many times in Hollywood and comes across quite stale in this instance.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both great actors and do well here with what they are given yet something still feels missing.
Stone won numerous Best Actress awards for her work here and I believe that her wins have more to do with the voters being able to relate to her character and her rise to fame than for the performance being something fresh and new.
The songs in this film are superb and are quite catchy.
The main song, City of Stars works on numerous levels and has a great message and was quite deserving of winning an Oscar for Best Original Song.
In retrospect, I think that the Academy got it right by not awarding this film Best Picture because the story itself needs so much work despite the amazing technical aspects of the film.
Bottom Line – Fascinating idea that is able to bring back the magic of the musicals of the 50’s and 60’s, yet falls quite short of being even better because the story is too mediocre. The technical aspects of this film are amazingly done and they were quite deserving of all of the accolades that they were able to garner during awards season. In retrospect, I can understand how this film could lost Best Picture at the Oscars because something is missing that would make it even more enjoyable to watch unfold. The songs are superb and City of Stars is a great tune that has a great message to it. Gosling and Stone are both fine here and I can understand how Stone was able to win numerous Best Actress awards for this performance, but it probably has much more to do with the fact that the voters could relate to this character much better than for the performance itself.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Because Damien Chazelle wanted to shoot the scene in the tradition of old musicals without cuts or editing, Ryan Gosling practiced playing the piano and played it himself in one take on his first day of shooting. Co-star John Legend, who is a classically trained pianist, says he is “jealous” of how quickly Gosling learned to play so well. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. The technical aspects of this film make it a fascinating watch, but the story feels much too generic to really work the whole way through.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10) (downgraded from original review)
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