Courtney Howard is a LAFCA, OFCS and AWFJ member, as well as a Rotten Tomatometer-approved film critic. Her work has been published on Variety, She Knows and Awards Circuit.
Courtney Howard // Film Critic
There is no greater “be all/ end all” film for me this year than writer-director Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND. The hyper-stylized musical is a lover letter to Los Angeles and like an arrow straight to my heart. Starring our boyfriend Baby Goose (a.k.a. Ryan Gosling) and Emma Stone, the film tells of the romance between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress (you can take a stab at who plays which role).
The GORGEOUS teaser, featuring the song “City of Stars” (which is now available for download at iTunes), was released today and we blissed the absolute f*ck out on it. Take a look/ listen below:
We. Are. Dead.
But before we died, we screengrabbed a handful of shots from this beauty because, well, we knew this is what every human being should want in their life right now. All below are courtesy, of course, of Summit Entertainment – a studio who should be applauded for distributing what’s sure to be an awards contender.
The trailer hits many high notes. Particularly with these shots:
It’s easy to see the insane chemistry Stone and Gosling have cultivated since starring in CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE and GANGSTER SQUAD. LA LA LAND will drip with it.
They also have a staring contest. This might be where the film loses momentum (Just kidding!I’m riveted.)
Judging purely on the amount of screengrabs we got, the film looks like it could be heavy on Stone’s character’s perspective. Looks like we’ll get to see all the colors of her rainbow (#NotAEuphamism).
The way Baby Goose gazes upon her is how every woman/ man/ child/ dog/ cat would like to be looked at in their lifetime. Heck, his entire role could be just these reaction shots and I’d be happy.
He also smolders and sings at the piano…
…plays with John Legend (oh hai!)…
… and whistles on a pier.
There will be some epic musical sequences – including a “singing into hairbrushes” scene, space dance number and one that looks inspired by Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers.
Clearly we are smitten kittens over this film and can’t wait to see it when it hits theaters December 2.