The 2016 Venice Film Festival kicks off today with the world premiere of one of our most anticipated features, La La Land, which is director Damien Chazelle's follow up to his three-time Oscar-winning Whiplash. We loved Whiplash. We love the trailers for La La Land (I'm including one of them below). And based on the early reviews out of Venice, we are going to love La La Land, as well, because they are off the charts positive.

The trades were able to see La La Land in time to review, with The Hollywood Reporter noting:

For Chazelle to be able to pull this off the way he has is something close to remarkable. The director's feel for a classic but, for all intents and purposes, discarded genre format is instinctive and intense; he really knows how to stage and frame dance and lyrical movement, to transition smoothly from conventional to musical scenes, to turn naturalistic settings into alluring fantasy backdrops for set pieces, and to breathe new life into what many would consider cobwebbed cliches.

Deadline's Pete Hammond, whose primary beat tends to be the annual awards race, gushed about La La Land:

It has been a very long time since we have seen something quite this lyrical, lovely, and most importantly, original on the screen, but at the same time it is a musical that has its feet firmly planted in the real world, even if the one up there on the wide Cinemascope screen is very stylized. ... We live in hard times, but this is a movie worth savoring, something that entertains, enlightens and makes us feel good about being alive.

Meanwhile, ahead of its Venice bow, Twitter flooded with praise for La La Land, including:

And:

Now, the waiting begins. The film stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, JK Simmons and Rosemarie DeWitt in a musical ode to making it in Los Angeles. The trailers are breathtaking. Check this one out:

Summit Entertainment will release La La Land in the United States on December 2. We'll finally catch it in Toronto when it makes its debut on Monday, Sept. 12. Expect a review then.

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