MOVIE REVIEW: The Movie Musical Is Back

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Carolyn MacKenzie, Managing Editor for Bonfire Thoughts.

Movie: La La Land

Bonfire Rating: 5/5

You don’t need to live in Los Angeles or like musicals to love this film. (Minor spoilers ahead.)

It’s the movie that pulled a clean sweep at the Golden Globes last weekend. 7 for 7. It’s the movie that was nominated for 11 BAFTAs. And it’ll most likely be the movie to beat at the Oscars next month.

Is it worth all the hype? Hands down.

Writer and director Damien Chazelle does what any good artist would do: draw from tradition. Evoking moments from classic films such as Singin’ in the Rain and Rebel Without a Cause, La La Land presents a story that is deeply resonant and visually exhilarating.

The film opens on a Los Angeles highway, unsurprisingly gridlocked. What follows is a creatively choreographed scene shot in what appears to be a single take on a massive highway ramp. Aside from the logistics of the scene, which are impressive even if you don’t like singing and dancing, this opening number traces a narrative that the movie goes on to deliver: in the pursuit of various entertainment careers, people have to make sacrifices and compromises, painful even though they occur beneath blue skies and palm trees.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling show themselves to be dedicated to their art. Even if the rest of the film was terrible (which it wasn’t), it would still be worth seeing for Stone’s performance alone. Gosling does Sebastian’s piano pieces with his own hands, and is astounding. Stone’s vocals in her final song, Audition, are excellent. Both bring enthusiasm that shows in the many dance numbers throughout the film.

Though some musical scenes are more seamlessly integrated into the story than others, the film does a good job at not being overtaken by its music. There’s a handful of original songs as opposed to songs that account for 98% percent of the film’s dialogue. Even if you don’t like musicals, you can enjoy this movie.

There are a lot of beautiful things about La La Land, music and story aside. There’s a starry dance sequence at the Griffith Observatory that looks like it’s plucked from a dream. Another dance takes place on a hill overlooking the city at sunset. The film’s final sequence, perhaps a touch too long, makes up for it with its fast-paced run through of several Parisian and Old Hollywood-esque scenes.

And when the film reaches its close, you feel the characters with you even after you leave. That, to me, is the mark of a good story.

Long story short: La La Land’s seven Golden Globes were well-earned. Let’s see it if rides this wave of acclaim all the way through awards season to the Oscars.

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As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" to explain how mail-in ballots are typically disqualified during recounts at a far higher rate than in-person, Election Day ballots, and why this is "good news" for President Donald Trump's legal battle over the election.

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Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is perhaps even more disgusted with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for his coronavirus response than BlazeTV's Stu Burguiere (read what Stu has to say on the subject here), and for a good reason.

She lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York's nursing homes after Gov. Cuomo's infamous nursing home mandate, which Cuomo has since had scrubbed from the state's website and blamed everyone from the New York Post to nursing care workers to (every leftist's favorite scapegoat) President Donald Trump.

Janice joined Glenn and Stu on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to ask why mainstream media is not holding Gov. Cuomo — who recently published a book about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic — accountable?

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She joined the latest Glenn Beck Podcast to break down what's coming next after the election: Black Lives Matter is mainstream, leftists are making lists of Trump supporters, and the Hunter Biden scandal is on the back burner.

Megyn and Glenn reminisce about their cable news days (including her infamous run-in with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump) and to look into the chaotic and shady world of journalism and the growing entitlement it's bred. For example, many conservatives have been shocked by how Fox News handled the election.

Megyn defended Fox News, saying she believes Fox News' mission "is a good one," but also didn't hold back on hosts like Neil Cavuto, who cut off a White House briefing to fact check it — something she never would have done, even while covering President Obama.

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