WASHINGTON, December 12, 2016 — We admit, we haven’t had a chance to see “La La Land,” the hot new Broadway-style musical film that’s pulling them in at movie theaters across the country. But it sure sounds like our cup of tea. It might even prove to be the memorable classic holiday classic of 2016. (We’ll find out at the 2017 Academy Award Show.)
The weekend critical buzz insists that “La La Land” could very well be the real deal, a musical, magical, romantic retro classic hearkening back to those thrilling Fred and Ginger days of yesteryear when happy, thinly plotted, boy-meets-girl rags-to-riches song and dance films — often based on Broadway shows —whisked movie audiences up, up and away from their daily cares.
Whether they were providing escape from the Great Depression, the Second World War, or the “duck and cover” fears of the 1950s, these lighthearted musical were pure entertainment films meant to lighten the emotional load during tough times by showing, however fleetingly, that life still held the promise of love and happiness for anyone willing to take a chance on romance.
Word is that stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone won’t quite top Fred and Ginger, or maybe even Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as top-drawer song and dance stars. But it seems they make an endearing, romantic pair onscreen. And who knows? Maybe next year they’ll show up on TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” as the couple to beat.
While we look to see how we can squeeze a viewing of “La La Land” into our already-overcrowded holiday entertainment schedule, why don’t we offer you Joan Wallace’s Latin Times take on this sprightly new film, which includes a movie trailer that will help get you in the mood.