La La Land is a Box Office Risk – Will It Pay Off?

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

La La Land is on the radar of many a film buff – partly because of the massively positive word of mouth, partly because of its star power, and partly because it’s reviving a subgenre of musical that hasn’t had prominence in a very long time. The film isn’t animated, it’s not based on an existing Broadway property, and its music is completely original. It also doesn’t fall into the modern trend of providing a rationalization for why its characters are singing (see Glee and Pitch Perfect). Its song and dance numbers are Busby Berkeley, Baz Luhrmann, …

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