It's the best Hollywood musical in years, and is hotly tipped to win big at the 2017 Oscars. But the big question hanging over dizzy LA-set romance 'La La Land' is, can Ryan Gosling really carry a tune? He may have hummed the odd number on screen over the years, but this is his first out-and-out showman role. Can he really carry it off? Wonder no more - here's one whole song from the movie, graced with the dulcet tones of both RyGos and his equally talented co-star Emma Stone.
It's a charming little number, as wistful and old-fashioned as the movie itself. The tale of an aspiring actress (Stone) and a dedicated jazz pianist (Gosling) who meet, fight and fall inevitably in love is directed by Damien Chazelle, the young filmmaker whose debut 'Whiplash' was such a buzzy hit in 2014. 'La La Land' has Oscars written all over it: it's precisely the kind of warm, up-with-people, ain't-love-grand weepie the Academy has always gone for, and it's even set in their own backyard. What's not to love?
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'La La Land is released on Jan 13, but the soundtrack should be along a little sooner on Dec 13, both online and on vinyl. In the meantime, you can read Time Out's review of 'La La Land'.