I enjoyed La La Land. Typically up for most musicals, it took my a little while to get into the film, but once I did, it was highly entertaining. Stone does a very nice job portraying Mia, a struggling actress in present-day Los Angeles. Mia is always busting her butt and pounding the pavement for what will hopefully result in her big break. Of course a love interest throws a snag in her plans, as she falls head over heels for Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), an equally struggling musician. The movie follows the pair through their successes and failures individually as well as a couple, conveying the ubiquitous 'personal versus professional' struggle that plagues job-seeking artists.
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The main attraction here is the film itself. Maybe I'm just getting used to Meryl being by far the best thing in mediocre films (Florence aside) that it's difficult for me to appreciate a standout performance when the cinematography and screenplay somewhat outshine the actors. The fact that La La Land is something both fresh and visually stunning is a great boost to the chances for Stone's to get further awards recognition. I definitely prefer Streep's performance this year, but I expect Emma's film to carry her across the finish line.