If you yearn for the golden age of the musical romcom, you’ll need no encouragement to hoof a path to Damien Chazelle‘s follow-up to Whiplash, which bagged six Oscars.
The story is pure showbiz cheese. Emma Stone plays an LA waitress and aspiring actress. Ryan Gosling is cast as a dedicated jazz musician who scratches a living in seedy dives. Cue: the star-crossed lovers’ meet-cute, romance, success and subsequent relationship trauma. The film’s many champions point to its imaginative set-pieces, toe-tapping songs and complete lack of cynicism. Chazelle certainly knows his stuff: while many a classic Hollywood musical is referenced, the chief influence seems to be French director Jacques Demy’s homages to those films: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort. Go here for our full review.