By Victor Z. Wu ’20
Following the surprising critical and commercial success of the frenzied and mad Whiplash, director Damien Chazelle is back with a more heartwarming and colorful musical. Set in modern day Los Angeles, Emma Stone stars as waitress Mia Dolan who is trying to break out as an actress in the land of stars. Under romantic streetlights and in almost fairytale landscapes, she falls in love with Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, in a burst of music and dancing. But reality seems to have other plans for them, and their circumstances threaten to tear them apart.
Personally, I loved this new film because of Emma Stone’s starry-eyed portrayal of a young woman struggling to make ends meet in a city where your dreams are literally only a audition away. The choreography and music definitely pay tribute to the long but often forgotten history of the Hollywood musical. The critics seem to love the film as well; it’s already won the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) audience award. Expect to see the film come up in Oscar nomination talks for Best Picture this year.
About the contributor
I’m an Arts Ambassador for the Hopkins Center. I’m undecided in major, but I’m leaning towards an economics and computer science double major. In my spare time you can find me chugging down Arizona Tea and watching movies avidly.