From an Iraq War combat veteran: No. There wasn't much there that felt very authentic, and certainly nothing "cathartic" or "comforting". This was a paint-by-number rendition devoid of depth. Worse, the film appears to have somehow confirmed your own flawed preconceived notions about what it was like or what it meant. This film was bland and instantly forgettable. While you're waiting for THE film about the Iraq War, for God's sake READ the multitude of authentic accounts. There are a lot of great books out there, and they can certainly help inform any future reviews you might tackle.
It's my great pleasure and honor to have known Chuck Jonkel; and I can honestly say that having had the opportunity to go with him on one of his trips to Churchill, Manitoba to watch polar bears was one of the high points of my life. "Amazing" is a much overused term, but I can't think of any other word that better describes Chuck.
RIP, Chuck; you'll be long remembered.
Read your excellent review after paying to see it ,expected a blockbuster musical love story, ok Emma was ok ,but, even if we had seen it for free I still wouldn't give it a good night out rating, film left our party flat and unimpressed, even the dual ending was just irritating . wish we had gone to see something else even Lego batman.
I recently saw "Fences" and was totally shocked by the meanness of Denzel Washington's character. I like movies that aren't typical Hollywood,The but as a white woman who has not been prejudiced since the beginning of my life, I couldn't sympathize with Denzel's character. I grew up in the forties, graduated from high school in the fifties and got married in the sixties. I have had interactions with and friends who are black. When a black friend of mine and I went to see " The Color Purple", she was very upset with the scene where Whoppi Goldberg's character is raped by her stepfather. Maybe I don't want to see negative things about black people, either.
Worst movie ever. Aside from everything you said (which I agree with), it just doesn't have what it takes to be a good musical. The songs and the dancing should flow effortlessly and naturally in a musical and this felt forced and fake. And no-one whould ever look as if they are lipsyncing in a musical and basically everyone except the 2 main leads had sugary, lift elevator voices that didn't keep time with their lip movements. Emma Stone did well but Gosling was ALWAYS out of tune.
I know it's a lean year for good movies, but I can't understand all the oscar nominations.
I wanted to like this film and I really felt disappointed by it. I don't think it was just that it was so hyped up--I had many problems with its pacing, its storytelling, and its moments where I knew I was supposed to be feeling something but didn't actually feel it.
I think you missed the point completely. I thought it was brilliant and so totally captured the love over ambition challenge. To me, it was not about the dancing or singing...or the brightly colored skirts. I am retired from professional theatre and have age and experience on my side - watched all the old musicals, as I am really ancient. Also saw many an actor who said, "I'm going to LA.", only to see them drag back into town two years later completely burned out. I got the movie 100% and would see it again!
A vastly overrated musical--Boring, too long, and irrelevant, at least to me. But, the Hollywood cronies love it. I was unable to sit through the entire film. I want my time back.
I love You Molly...you're just right
I apologize to "littlenightmusic" for clicking on "dislike"...was a finger error...sorry. I salute your comment instead.
Best regards from Panama
I love you. Before reading your opinion I felt like a pariah...kind of alien...now I'm alive again. Best regards from Panama
What's next ? Remakes of those embarrassingly horrible, loony Busby Berkeley musical disasters of the 30s and 40s ?
La La Land is far from glorious, unless it was a glorious train wreck. As a musical theater nerd/student/performer, I found the music awful. Anyone that thinks the songs were sophisticated obviously is not familiar with the works of Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Leonard Bernstein or anything else in the musical theater canon since the beginning of time. The songs were not memorable and none of them jumped out as something I would ever want to hear again. The dancing was also very lacking and that has more to do with the choreographer. Talented choreographers are able to take novice dancers and make them seem like they have been dancing all their life. If I want to watch a non-dancer dancing badly in their living room, I'll find it on YouTube. Don't make me pay for it and don't put it in a musical. I guess I was spoiled watching talented performers such as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and was hoping this movie would live up to the classics. This movie was complete crap compared to the great MGM musicals of the past. I felt like this film was a trick, where the producers emptied out expensive bottles of water and filled the bottles with toilet water and laughed at all the fools that drank it and thought "It's the best thing ever!". Those of us with formal musical theater training and experience we were not tricked and our well developed pallets were able to taste the sh*t in the water.
The fact that Gosling and Stone aren't all that as singers or dancers, or aren't model perfect made them more endearing as a couple. Has the reviewer never sang or danced around the room imagining herself to be Fred's Ginger or Jay Z's Beyonce? We can all dream can't we?
The reviewer forgot to mention that this is by far the best, most miraculous film of the year. What she mistook as a tampon commercial (oh, the wit!) is a fabulous deconstruction and reconstruction of the great MGM musicals and the French new wave, in particular Demy's answer to that quintessential American idiom. The music is subtle and sophisticated, but perhaps not to the taste of a reviewer who prefers baby tunes that stick to the I/V format.
La La Land is glorious cinema!
Like light that shines and petrifies mountain trolls and burns the skin of undead zombies...La La Land burns this critic and acts as a reminder that life exists in the empty wastelands of America.
Since Loving v. VA is the cornerstone precedent for the Supreme Court's decision upholding gay marriage in the Obergefell decision, I think it's a brilliant move on Nichols's part to create a film that builds public support for this case. It may seem like a "too safe" topic to some, but the implications of the Lovings' story for gay marriage rights are anything but safe given the recent change in presidential leadership and the likely upcoming appointment to the Court to replace Scalia. Fostering greater public understanding of and support for marriage as a fundamental right worthy of the highest level of constitutional protection is a genious strategic move by Nichols that has wide-ranging implications.
Could this move be more shallow and simple?
The title should be The End of Intellectualism. Also, there's no acting at all, they are all just reading the script. Sorry, had to comment somewhere, I am shocked with the appeal people have for this kind a movies.
I love this review. It hits the nail right on the head. That is ex!act!ly! what makes this movie so terrific. We cannot lose our capacity for empathy. If we can't somehow understand someone's pain, at least we can experience it, and learn what that kind of pain has to teach us, because at some point (or more likely, points) in our lives we will all experience that kind of pain in one way or another. I am going to see it again, and hopefully convince everyone I love to see it.
The debate never happened. The defendant, Lipstadt, refused to take the stand.It was David Irving (representing himself) against Lipstadt/Penguin's vast team of lawyers, debating not historical fact but points of law.
Separately, Lipstadt has firmly stated her refusal NEVER to debate anyone who disagrees with her about the Holocaust. What does that tell you? Irving is ready anytime.
Let me be the first to say, this article IS...LIT
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