Holly on Hollywood
“La La Land”
by Holly McClure
La La Land is a modern musical that takes place in Hollywood, the city of dreamers. Mia (Emma Stone) works at a coffee shop on the Warner Bros.’ lot, and dreams of becoming an actress and writer. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a purist jazz pianist, taking whatever jobs he can, to earn a living but dreaming of playing in his own club. The couple struggle to maintain a relationship while doing all that’s necessary to pursue their dreams. Eventually, Seb’s friend (John Legend) offers him a gig in a band, while Mia focuses on producing her own play. As their dreams take shape and success follows, the two are faced with hard choices.
The PG-13 romantic musical has mild language and implies a couple living together but no sexual situations. There are a few dance scenes that harken back to more traditional musicals (think “An American in Paris”), combined with catchy songs, colorful sets and creative CG effects, that will definitely appeal to a new generation raised on “Glee” and “High School Musical”. I enjoyed the unique dance number in the famous Griffith Observatory and was amazed at Gosling’s piano skills (yes he really plays the piano in the movie!) I know La La Land is getting rave reviews but, in truth, it wasn’t as “Best Picture” worthy as I thought (or hoped) it would be. Stone and Gosling are better at acting than singing, but overall, “La La Land” is a visually creative and entertaining musical mature kids to adults will enjoy.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!