Inspired by the musicals of Hollywood's golden age, this
comedy-drama set in present-day Los Angeles chronicles the gooey romance of two
star-crossed lovers: an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz pianist (Ryan
Gosling). She wants to be a movie star, while he hopes to open his own club.
The path to success is rocky, and their relationship is put to the test.
Writer-director Damien Chazelle dreams big in this over-the-top fantasy where
drivers exit their cars on a freeway overpass and burst into song, and lovers
dance on air amid the projected stars in a planetarium. Beautifully shot in
widescreen CinemaScope, it's a unique film, though also a self-indulgent one,
and tends to lose its way when the song and dance take over. Fortunately,
that's largely made up for by Chazelle's engaging script, a cast of first-rate
actors, and superb music.
Watch out for: An implied
premarital relationship, a few rough terms, some crude language.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: