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    After months of hearing critics and industry insiders praise “La La Land,” it’s finally opened in theaters across the nation. Have you seen it yet? Does it live up to all the hype? Sound off!

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    Yes it does.

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    Not quite, though Gosling and Stone are both marvelous. I think the film works much better as a love story than a musical.

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    Absolutely fucking not. It’s good. Decent musical and a decent cast. The technical aspects deserve awards, I’ll give it that. Ryan Gosling? Hell no. And Emma Stone was just another version of herself. It was good, but in no way would I even consider her winning that Oscar. Chazelle shouldn’t win over Jenkins at all. Shit, maybe even Lonergan.

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    Knew that was coming lol.

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    Yes and no. Yes it was a marvelous film and I really enjoyed it but it didnt make feel giddy or nostalgic. I felt more melancholy. And just analysis for Oscars, I didn’t find all the craft work to be so far above other films like previously advertised. Also Emma Stone was weak till Audition and Gosling is lucky best actor is empty this year. Yeah it can win but it’s not gonna be a sweeper, as SAG already showed.

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    Yes and no. Yes it was a marvelous film and I really enjoyed it but it didnt make feel giddy or nostalgic. I felt more melancholy. And just analysis for Oscars, I didn’t find all the craft work to be so far above other films like previously advertised. Also Emma Stone was weak till Audition and Gosling is lucky best actor is empty this year. Yeah it can win but it’s not gonna be a sweeper, as SAG already showed.

    I could win 7 categories.

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    Cinematography
    Production Design
    Score
    Song

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    Yes and no. Yes it was a marvelous film and I really enjoyed it but it didnt make feel giddy or nostalgic. I felt more melancholy. And just analysis for Oscars, I didn’t find all the craft work to be so far above other films like previously advertised. Also Emma Stone was weak till Audition and Gosling is lucky best actor is empty this year. Yeah it can win but it’s not gonna be a sweeper, as SAG already showed.

    I could win 7 categories.

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    Everything has a chance to win something. That doesn’t mean it’s actually going to happen….

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    No shit, but it is the frontrunner in 7 races.

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    I hate that this is my first (slightly bitchy) post, but fuck it. I’ve been browsing for months lol

    No, it did not live up to the hype. It was basically Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone mugging to the camera for 2+ hours. I had to fight myself to keep awake. There was no heart to the film, everything was contrived and the dialogue was horrible and forced.

    Just because 2016 was a depressing year, doesn’t mean we should give mediocre movies a past. It was saccharine and most of all dull. The audition song was terrible (not sure where the praise is coming from), the final montage was slapstick, and overall just a bad movie. They should have went with lesser known actors, but then the movie wouldn’t be as big, so I understand that.

    In terms of Best Song, Sing Street should definitely be in contention. That movie was awesome from start to finish, and I actually downloaded the soundtrack.

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    Nope. And it is evident by the actual response of the general public / and mainstream critics outside of the festival circuit it dominated.

    Critics sold La La Land as this second coming of musicals and old Hollywood classics. A homage of sorts.

    Yet as ambitious as Chazelle may be, homage isn’t just glossy oversaturated colours and singing romanticisms, and incorporating a Baz Luhrmann dancing among the stars scene.

    I love the film, and I think Emma Stone did a great job by holding the film together, and complimenting/carrying Gosling where he falters ( a lot!).

    But the film comes across as too ambitious and a bit full of itself, when it really shouldn’t be. Because it brings nothing new to the table, and its imitation of classics like Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain and A Star is Born is far from perfect.

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    Not very sure about Stone’s chances, not even at the Globes, LOL.

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