La La Land review
February 24, 2017 § Leave a comment
Indeed, it’s hard to imagine any of these complaints getting much traction if La La Land were not such an enormous hit. Had it been met with indifference by critics and audiences, my hunch is that nobody would care so much about its racial or gender politics. Jazz fans might even be championing it, if only to get more attention for their forgotten art. But being the front-runner puts a target on your back, especially this year. After racial tension rose to a fever pitch in 2016, Hollywood gave us three beautiful, critically acclaimed films about black characters, Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures. Some may ask, shouldn’t Hollywood recognize one of them, instead of a movie about a white guy who wants to save jazz?