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La La Land: an ode for dreamers

A love story of a wannabe actress and jazz musician set in the City of Angels. Sounds like you’ve heard and seen that before? Don’t rush to say yes.

Even though La La Land has brought the classic Hollywood musical back from the dusty shelves of the genre, it’s like nothing you’ve seen before. Directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), starring Emma Stone (Mia Dolan) and Ryan Gosling (Sebastian Wilder), the movie is not only stuck in the box office, our heads or Spotify playlists. But in our dreams as well.

With 7 Golden Globes in the basket, 11 BAFTA nominations and Oscars to fill the list of potential awards on the 24th of January, the musical was an old dream of the man behind the lens – Damien Chazelle. “He was so passionate about making one again, not just the nostalgic, those were the days kind of film, but you know, he felt there’s a way to make them feel relevant,” said Ryan Gosling.

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La La Land cast

The idea of an old school musical, which was recalled as disastrous by Chazelle himself, was developed in over six years. And the cast gave 100 percent to fulfil the director’s dream while mastering the arts of dance and music. “Those are Ryan’s hands all the time. He’s playing the jazz piano and he learnt it from scratch for the film. I just think it’s amazing,” acknowledged Emma Stone, who was pretty convinced by her teachers that Gosling is the better tap dancer from the duo. “But when I saw him, I told myself – I got this,” laughed the actress.

The unconditional trust in the cast and risk taking (you’ll see what I mean after the first 20 seconds of the movie, which were set in the middle of an LA motorway) paid off. The result – colourful masterpiece which is a treat to your eyes and ears as you can’t take your glimpse from blissful dance routines, classy but contemporary costumes, the electrifying chemistry built by Stone and Gosling, as well as the music which’ll be playing on your playlist for days to come. Go on, admit it.

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R. Gosling and E. Stone

The compelling storytelling, which starts playing on the emotional chords of viewers like a piano itself, built a finale that some may find unfairly beautiful, and shed a tear or two. Ultimately, the movie is an ode for dreamers, carrying the message translated in Stone’s “Audition” song: here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem, here’s to the hearts that ache, here’s to the mess we make. 

This won’t be my last trip to the dreamy La La Land. Plan yours.

La La Land Trailer

 

 

 

 

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The Girl on the Train: Emily Blunt stuns in the chilling thriller

Wednesday afternoon. AOL Headquarters, London. A busy street in Camden is buzzing not only with the ambulance sirens bursting in the humid capital’s air. There is also a humming crowd of devoted The Girl on the Train fans, patiently waiting for the cast members Emily Blunt, Luke Evans and Haley Bennett, director Tate Taylor and writer Paula Hawkins to arrive.

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The movie, which is based on the bestselling thriller written by Paula Hawkins and directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) is already considered to be the one to watch during the award’s season.

The story focuses around Rachel Watson, the character played by Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau, Sicario and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns) who’s a divorcee suffering from alcoholic addiction that entangles her into a missing person’s investigation. Rachel becomes the main witness, but add to that, she must tackle the demons from her own past and present.

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Edith Bowman, Emily Blunt and Luke Evans

“Rachel is a raging alcoholic, which makes her an easy and manipulative person,” said Emily defining her character. While delving into a uniquely vulnerable role, the Hollywood actress was watching documentaries in order to understand the emotional depth of her character and her harmful habits – “how drunk people talk, walk and even move their eyes.” “Thanks god no one has a tape of me being drunk,” giggled the British actress. “I do,” cheerfully said Emily’s co-star Luke Evans, who plays Scott Hipwell, “a dark and mysterious role” as defined by the actor himself.

As the cast members seem to have a great chemistry, what is the thing Emily will not be missing from The Girl on the Train experience? “I wanted to burn that overcoat when they (the cast) wanted to give it to me as a present,” laughed the Brit.

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Emily Blunt, Luke Evans and Haley Bennett

Blunt, who’s well known for her polished, romantic and adventurous roles goes rogue revealing her different side and giving a breathtaking performance on the big screen.

Mark your calendars. The Girl on The Train will be released on the 5th of October.

The Girl on the Train trailer

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