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La La Land is a triumphant masterpiece, one of the best films of the decade and the best movie musical in decades. Whiplash mastermind Damien Chazelle tells this beautiful story with dazzling visuals and perfected set pieces crafted with ultimate precision. There’s not one false note here; every scene has purpose, every action has consequence, and every moment aims to entertain as the film leads to its beautiful and heart wrenching finale.

Mia (Emma Stone) is a young aspiring actress who meets Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist who aims to own his own club. Though there goals are different, they’re both dreamers, engaging in a romantic odyssey in modern Los Angeles. Stone and Gosling have crafted what may go down as one of the greatest onscreen romances of all-time; to say they have great chemistry is an understatement, as the two actors are believable in every seen while still committing to their individual characters that perfectly match their vibrant personalities.

I was genuinely shocked by La La Land. The film loves itself almost as much as it knows the audience does, and its striking confidence is perfectly placed; the film is told in an old fashioned way, but doesn’t shy away from the bleakness of life or dismay realities. Damien Chazelle has become one of the filmmakers of the generation, and his bold and inventive techniques have not been matched by any other film this year. Grade: A+