The new trailer for La La Land has landed, and I feel like this December release is all we're going to need for Christmas. The movie brings the director of the acclaimed Whiplash together with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who already played a smitten couple in Crazy, Stupid, Love. And because talent has no limits, they're both singing soft, melancholic tunes.
In case the trailer hasn't piqued your interest already, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to this romantic drama with the perfect dash of old Hollywood glamour.
Emma Stone And Ryan Gosling's Chemistry Is Indubitable
It's not the first time these two have played a couple on-screen, and there's no denying that they're a cinematic match made in heaven. In 2011, they had such a good time bringing their characters to life for Crazy, Stupid, Love. that the director, Glenn Ficarra, still marvels at how wonderful it was to work with the pair.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained how he and co-director John Requa totally improvised the scene where Gosling and Stone's characters stay up all night talking in bed:
"The crew, I think, thought John and I were crazy because we said we were going to throw the script away. We were going to stick them in a bed together and keep shooting. We shot for a really long time. We let them go, we let them talk about whatever they wanted, we poured a couple of drinks, and they just riffed. They really amuse each other in real life."
He even joked that he wouldn't have minded keeping the duo for his own films:
"John and I are always kicking ourselves. When we were working with them we kept talking to people about how we have to put them in another movie together, so everybody took the idea. We should’ve kept our mouths shut. Again, they have great chemistry, and they have fun together. I think it shows in everything they do."
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So if you liked them in Crazy, Stupid, Love., here's a personal recommendation from the director for La La Land:
"I think 'La La Land' was a challenge as a musical, and I know Ryan loves dance and Emma’s just such an all-around entertainer. It’s going to be fantastic. I’m sure it won’t be the last time they work together."
La La Land Director Damien Chazelle Also Created Whiplash
The success of the 2014 drummer epic Whiplash, if not a guarantee, is at least a good sign for La La Land. Both were directed by Damien Chazelle, who also wrote 10 Cloverfield Lane. He was nominated for Best Writing for Whiplash at the 2015 Academy Awards, and has already scored a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival for La La Land.
Miles Teller, whose performance shone alongside J.K. Simmons's in Whiplash, was originally rumored for Gosling's role in La La Land... and Emma Watson for Stone's! She turned it down to play Belle in Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
It's A Musical Romantic Comedy-Drama
La La Land is the love story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a jazz musician. Both try to make ends meet, but their different paths to success will also put their relationship to the test. Already from the trailer, the movie seems to pack the perfect punch of pure bliss and bittersweet regret — it's not fully a romantic comedy, but it's not a tearjerker either, and it hits all the right notes.
The old-fashioned style contributes to the timeless appeal, while the musical aspect just makes it even more original and intriguing. And honestly, who doesn't want to be serenaded by Ryan Gosling?
La La Land Looks Gorgeous
Even if the dialogue doesn't end up meeting our expectations, couldn't you just look at these frames for hours? I mean:
One more for the road:
La La Land is set for release on December 16, 2016.
Would you watch La La Land? Have you enjoyed other Gosling-Stone collaborations?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]