I know I’ve been a bit absent lately – I’m moving, I don’t have internet at home, and I don’t typically like to write while I’m supposed to be working. But those are excuses and excuses are for the weak and we here at Cinema Romantique are strong. And when I saw this trailer, I knew I had to share with you lovely people the moment my break hit.
La La Land follows an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) who fall in love while they’re both up-and-comers, but find their relationship hitting the rocks with the rise and fall of their respective careers. This trailer, though, is more interested in the mood of the piece, a romantic musical that highlights the emotions of the characters with bright colors and deep shadows.
Writer/director Damien Chazelle is an exciting new talent. His Whiplash was a huge Sundance success story, an unbelievably tense look at a fractious relationship between a drummer and his teacher, and his rewrites helped turn 10 Cloverfield Lane into one of the year’s most surprisingly enjoyable films. Paired with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, two of our most talented young performers who display almost visceral chemistry in this trailer, Chazelle looks like he’ll be able to take that talent for interpersonal tension and apply it well to romantic drama.
As we get closer to the film’s release date, I suspect we’ll get a more traditional trailer, but as a teaser for what is shaping up to be among the year’s most exciting releases, this was definitely intriguing. You can watch the La La Land trailer below, and let me know what you think in the comments!
La La Land will be released on December 2nd, 2016 in theaters everywhere. It was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and J.K. Simmons.