LA LA LAND
2016 | M | Comedy, Drama, Musical
The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts.
Review by Naomi
Into the Woods is a number of well known fairy tales woven together into a new storyline. Tales like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and more. It’s fun to see these stories in live action and with so many great actors; Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine. What I wasn’t expecting was to find that it’s a musical! And I’m not even talking about the kind of musical that has a song every 10 minutes – most of the dialogue is set to song. There are two distinct acts to this story. The first half is the playing out of all the fairy tales we know and love, the second half is spent reconciling Into The Woods’ own story. This very clear dividing of the story made the second half a bit hard to get through, but I soldiered on and watched it all, including some pretty surprising twists and turns.
If you’re a lover of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It reminded me a little of a Tim Burton productions, but perhaps less dark.
Best charactarisation of ‘prince charming’ I’ve seen. Especially he and his brother’s big number. Classic. Chris Pine is a good comedy actor.
3 – it was pretty good.