Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Why I Don't Think La La Land Deserves to be Best Picture
2. There is really only one big production number and we get that in the first scene. And its total abandon and joy is never repeated.
3. The movie is underpopulated. Some friends appear in the beginning and are seldom heard from again. All great musicals have friends, family, someone. This basically has three characters and one is detested.
4. The dancing and singing rarely rises above adequate.
5. So much of it is a generic Hollywood story. In fact, all of it is.
6. I could really never make sense of exactly what sort of jazz Seb was referring to. When he plays his own song, it is like jazz light if jazz at all.
7. Although they are both pleasant leads, neither does anything worthy of Oscar consideration if you compare it to Isabelle Huppert for instance. Actually I would place Gosling in fifth place in the Leading Actor category. And I am a Gosling fan.
8. We never get any sense what Mia's one-woman show is about and her story about her aunt that leads to fame and fortune is indistinct at best.
9. Same with Seb. He never once really shows us the jazz he wants to play.
10. Their romance seems similar to one in high school. There is no heat between them. Just a sort of middling affection.
I have no objection to a light-hearted film winning Best Picture but it has to be meritorious in some way and I didn't see any real strength here. It is the epitome of a pleasant two hours.