TORONTO — Looking at the notes I took during Damien Chazelle’s melancholy musical La La Land, one word leaps off the page. The very last word I wrote as the credits began to roll: “Wow.”

Believe the hype, people.

Propelled by the genuine chemistry shared by its two stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land is both magical and majestic. What writer-director Chazelle (Whiplash) has accomplished here is a true feat of filmmaking — an ode to the dreamers of Los Angeles and the emotional rollercoaster the city insists they ride on their way to either success, failure or a compromise of the two. Read more…

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Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling dance their way into our hearts in magical musical ‘La La Land’