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6 reasons why you need to see La La Land

The DVD is here! Now there's no excuse not to see the multi-award winning movie

By Grace Allen, 11 May 2017
6 reasons why you need to see La La Land

It has been one of the most talked-about movies of the year, and for good reason: La La Land is a spectacular production, complete with a stellar cast, excellent musical score and gorgeous, sunny backdrop.

And now we can get excited about it all over again as the DVD is here! You can pick up a copy in store or online from May 15.

If you haven't seen it yet, where have you been?! And if you have seen it, you'll know it needs a revisit. Here are our top reasons why you need to see La La Land.

Ryan Gosling...

Need we say more?

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...And Emma Stone

As if Ryan wasn't enough, he is paired with the very lovable Emma. The two have co-starred in a couple of films previously (most memorably Crazy Stupid Love) and they have great on-screen chemistry. 

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Terrific soundtrack

The movie's songs and scores were orchestrated by a Harvard classmate of director Damian Chazelle, Justin Hurtwitz. The pair had collaborated on Chazelle's last film 'Whiplash'; the director being a drummer himself, he knows his stuff, and La La Land's soundtrack won a lot of accolades. 

Beautiful setting

Aware that sprawling Los Angeles doesn't have the charm or romance of somewhere like Paris, the director wanted to focus on the things that make it distinctive - the skies, notorious traffic and how the city is spread out. That's not to say that the film's backdrop isn't something - shooting locations included the Griffith Obsevatory (with its views of the Hollywood Hills), Grand Central Market and Chateau Marmont hotel

Fantastic choreography 

The film's choreographer, Mandy Moore (not to be confused with the actress of the same name) did a brilliant job with the stars' dance scenes. She has worked on films including Joy, American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook - but La La Land was the biggest challenge to date. The director wanted to shoot each dance in one go, without editing - so everything we see is exactly how it was shot; this took a huge amount of skill and dedication from both choreographer and actors.

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It's the first great musical in a long time 

When the film was released in the UK at the beginning of the year it was the perfect antidote to our bleak winter weather. It's hard to think of many good musicals from the last few years - and there certainly hasn't been much out there to rival classics like Grease or West Side Story. La La Land was heavily inspired by movies like Singin' in the Rain, and it captures some of that old charm. 

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Pick up a copy of La La Land and the fab soundtrack at Asda or look out for them in your local store.