I’m a sucker for musicals, and I love, love, love the fact that, after the massive critical success of Whiplash, when he could have done damn near anything he wanted, Damien Chazelle made a goddamn musical. And a musical starring the tag team of charm Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to boot. La La Land hits theaters in December, and though it’s a few months off in the distance, it just delivered a dreamy new trailer.
A struggling jazz pianist and an aspiring actress fall in love and sing a bunch of songs? I’m down. So, so down. Both musicals and this style of throwback romance don’t get much love in modern times, but I couldn’t be more stoked.
A magical quality infuses this footage, and it’s easy to believe in this world where people burst into spontaneous song and dance numbers. It’s a crazy idea in 2016, but as Stone sings, “Here’s to the ones that dream, foolish as they may seem.”
This trailer has a more maudlin tone than the first, but there’s a wistful, hopeful tinge to the surface melancholy that’s spot on for a moving ballad. (There’s a bit of a “Rainbow Connection” vibe going on.) You get the sense that the chips are down but she’s going to power through.
La La Land makes its premiered at the Venice Film Festival next month. For the rest of us, however, the film opens on December 2. In addition to Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, it also stars John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Callie Hernandez, Finn Wittrock, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Josh Pence, and Tom Everett Scott.