The leading man in Damien Chazelle’s acclaimed movie “La La Land” is a Serious Musician, churning out pop music covers at Hollywood parties to pay the rent. The leading lady endures humiliating auditions for mindless TV shows as she struggles to become a Serious Actor.
They snarl at each other when they meet, but they have that crackling, opposites-attract magnetism that’s like a flare lighting up a black sky. They’re meant to fall in love.
All they have to do is dance together. And when they do, they will make magic.
It’s such a lovely, unequivocal equation, this movie-musical formula. And though we’re long removed from the...