Joyous and bitter sweet. A movie that Cinemascope was made for. Go see on the biggest screen you can!
Despite mostly rave reviews, it is a Marmite movie … I have spoken to a few friends who vehemently disliked it whilst others have been in raptures. Whilst I acknowledge the singing and dancing aren’t up to Gene Kelly / Fred & Ginger standards – again a friend contended that she had seen better dancing on Strictly! – the film is elevated by its performances (especially from Emma Stone, who is the emotional heart of the movie) and cinematography. The one-take opening sequence on the LA freeway is worth the price of the admission ticket alone.