Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, Meagen Fay, Callie Hernandez
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Musical comedy-drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the story is set in modern day Los Angeles about everyday life exploring the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. We follow Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician who scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars. As success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
Verdict: I am sadly one of those people that just does not enjoy musicals, there are very few musical movies that I actually like, so needless to say I was not looking forward to watching this movie at all. I wish I could say this movie changed my mind, but sadly no. While the story itself is presented as optimistic and feel good, I just couldn’t get invested enough in the main characters to really feel any real empathy for them, and the musical aspect of it really did nothing to make me feel more enthusiastic about the characters or even the story as a whole. There is certainly nothing wrong with the acting and the musical scenes are well choreographed, but for me it all felt a bit flat and its obvious love of Hollywood was just a little too self-indulgent for my taste.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 17)
Mia: [singing] Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that ache. Here’s to the mess we make. She captured feeling, sky with no ceiling, the sunset inside with rain. Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that ache. Here’s to the mess we make.
Bill: You’re fired.
Sebastian: It’s Christmas.
Bill: Yeah, I see the decorations. Good luck in the New Year.
[after hearing Sebastian play on the piano]
Mia: I just heard you play and I want to…
[Sebastian walks over to her and kisses her]
Mia: It’s pretty strange that we keep running into each other.
Sebastian: Maybe it means something.
Mia: I doubt it.
Sebastian: Yeah, I don’t think so.
Sebastian: [to Mia] You could just write your own roles, you know, write something that’s interesting as you are.
Sebastian: Bill, thanks for having me back.
[he shakes Bill’s hand]
Bill: You’re welcome.
Sebastian: I want you to know you’re looking at a new man.
Sebastian: A man that’s happy to be here.
Sebastian: Very easy to work with. Yeah.
Bill: Okay. And you’re going to play the set list.
Sebastian: Happy to. Even though I don’t think anyone cares what I play, but , yeah.
Bill: Well, if by “anyone” you mean anyone other than me, that would be correct. I care and I don’t want to hear the free jazz.
Sebastian: Right. Okay. Although I, I thought in this town it worked on a sort of “one for you, one for me” basis type system. How about two for you, one for me?
[Bill doesn’t answer]
Sebastian: How about all for you and none for me?
Bill: That’s perfect, yes.
Sebastian: Okay, a mutual decision then.
Bill: Right, made by me.
Sebastian: Right, and I sign off on it, so.
Bill: Whatever. Tell yourself what you want to know.
[just then one of the waitresses walks by]
Karen: Well, welcome back.
Sebastian: There’s a nice way to say that, Karen.
Mia: What are you going to do?
Sebastian: I have my own club.
[referring to Sebastian]
Tracy: Is that going to happen every time?
Mia: I think so.
Mia: I got a callback.
Sebastian: What? Come on! For what?
Mia: For a TV show, the one I was telling you about. Really.
Sebastian: The Dangerous Minds meets The OC?
Sebastian: Congratulations, that’s incredible!
Mia: It’s really exciting. I feel like I said negative stuff about it before.
Mia: It’s like Rebel Without a Cause sort of.
Sebastian: “I got the bullets!”
Sebastian: You’ve never seen it.
Mia: I’ve never seen it.
Sebastian: Oh, Mia. You know it’s playing at the Rialto.
Sebastian: Yes. You should… I mean I can take you.
Sebastian: You know, for research.
Mia: For research.
Sebastian: Okay. Um, Monday night, ten, ten o’clock.
Mia: Yeah, great.
Mia: For research.
Keith: [to Sebastian] How are you going to be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist? You’re holding onto the past, but jazz is about the future.
Mia: Maybe I’m not good enough!
Sebastian: Yes, you are.
Mia: Maybe I’m not. It’s like a pipedream.
Sebastian: [to Mia] This is the dream! It’s conflict and it’s compromised, it’s very, very exciting.
[over the phone; crying]
Mia: No, I’m happy for you. I am, I’m happy for you. I just… I just thought… I don’t know what I thought…
[she gets interrupted by the receptionist]
Receptionist: One second.
Mia: People love what other people are passionate about.
Sebastian: They worship everything and they value nothing.
Sebastian: I’m letting life hit me until it gets tired. Then I’ll hit back. It’s a classic rope-a-dope.
Sebastian: What do you mean you don’t like jazz?
Mia: It just means that when I listen to it, I don’t like it.
Total Quotes: 17