I have been asked what my opinion of La La Land was, and, so here goes:
I didn't post an opinion because I didn't really have one, to be honest. I loved Chazelle's previous films, particularly Whiplash, and this was a nice homage to classic Hollywood film-making.
But - I just don't have any emotional connection with Hollywood. I love stuff like The Player and Tropic Thunder because it satirises it, but this was a real unapolegetic glamourisation of the subject matter, with modern tweaks, and I fully understand why people liked it.
I did like it, but I just didn't fall head over heels in love with it, like seemingly most everyone else. Stone and Gosling's chemistry is really, really good - just as good as anyone who has ever appeared together on screen (including Astaire and Rogers) and their Romance has shades of the real, particularly the "Winter" section, (which did connect with me and remind me of a recent romance) - but I just didn't care too much about either of the main characters life pursuits, which sort of turns the movie on it's head given the ending. Perhaps that's the point though: we're meant to think the sacrifice they make is absurd.
Anyway - it's a brilliantly put together film with wonderful sequences from the get-go (like the traffic scene) and "City of Stars" is quite a catch rift but I didn't find any other memorable tunes (including John Legend's stuff). I liked how effective the film brought modern life into the Hollywood pastiche, but, for me, it's just not a film that's any more than the sum of it's parts.