The new film La La Land (2016), which came out this past Christmas, has emerged as the most talked about film this winter. Met with 14 Academy Award nominations, it ties with All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) for the most nominations received by a single film. Additionally, it won all 7 Golden Globe categories that it was nominated for, including Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
After learning all of this and hearing much praise from family and friends, I decided to watch it for myself. Perhaps it was too hyped up, or maybe people just don’t have the same standard for filmmaking as me, but after finishing the film, I was unpleasantly displeased. I thought to myself, “Maybe I just don’t get it,” but I quickly shook the thought.
I grew up watching every musical known to man with my grandmother—Singing in the Rain, Chicago, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, West Side Story, etc. I don’t mean to brag, but I’d say I’m pretty well versed in the art of watching and enjoying musicals. So how could it possibly be that I didn’t like the very film that beat out Deadpool for Best Motion Picture?