Outstanding Performance by a Male in Leading Role
I rated Ryan Gosling: 6.5 out of 10
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Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Supporting Role
I rated Emma Stone: 6.5 out of 10
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Synopsis: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
My Review: After all the hype, I was really underwhelmed with this movie. I liked it, but I didn’t LOVE it – and this is coming from a lover of musical theatre. I kept thinking how much better this would have been with real musical theatre/trained singer/dancers in the lead roles. I love Emma Stone (she is my future ex-wife), but this was not up to her usual standards, eg: THE HELP. Ryan Gosling is an okay actor, but not a real singer/dancer. Yes, he was in the Mickey Mouse Club as a child. Yes, he learned to play the piano (and he did it very well), but I kept thinking how many others I have worked with that could have played this role so much better. Kudos to the choreographer, especially shutting down an LA freeway for the big opening number. However, how can they call this a musical when only repeating the same 3 songs, over and over and over – ad nauseam? I think of this as more of a movie with music, but not in the same category as say, CHICAGO or DREAMGIRLS. I do want more musicals in the future and I hope this movie helps with that resurgence – with REAL/TRAINED actor/singer/dancers, like from Broadway. I know the Producers were banking on the Stars’ power to get butts in the seats, but its not like we don’t have the talent. And available, willing to work for less than what the Stars were paid. And I HATED the ending.
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Thank you Mr Black Label Media and Mr Lionsgate for giving me access to this movie so I could make an intelligent and informed opinion when casting my vote on the 23rd Annual SAG Awards. A big, sprawling, visually appealing movie like this should really be seen on the big screen. I wish you had a screening for me or offer a Movie Cash coupon.