La La Land is just a mere few days from release and it has already garnered a lot of attention. It currently stands at 97% on review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes with some critics calling it a strong Oscar contender in the major categories.
Along with the acting and directing, another major strong asset of the film is the music. The lyrics are written by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the songwriting team behind Broadway musical A “Christmas Story, The Musical”, which bagged three Tony Award nominations and Dogfight. The music is provided by Justin Hurwitz who previously worked on Whiplash with Chazelle.
The first single City of Stars which featured in the teaser of the film has now been released online sung by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Video Courtesy : Interscope Records via YouTube
Also, get a look behind the scenes as the cast and crew talk about their characters and the film in this new featurette.
Video Courtesy : Lionsgate Movies via YouTube
Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) the film also stars J.K. Simmons, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott and Josh Pence.
La La Land will enjoy a limited release on December 9th followed by a wide release on December 16th.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
“Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.”