14 movies that put you in a good mood: from Cinderella in Paris to Love Actuallypassing through Grease And La La Land
1. La La Land
When it appears on the screen in the opening sequence of La La Land, cult film by Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling, aka Sebastian Wilder, is behind the wheel of an old car, listening to jazz music and tapping the time on the wheel. The vehicle isn’t traveling at 150 kilometers per hour, it isn’t cruising the streets of Los Angeles in the middle of the night, nor is Kavinsky’s haunting electronic music playing in the background. The weather is nice, and Sebastian is stuck in a traffic jam. It is perhaps a malicious allusion to Drive (2011) and his long wandering scenes in a retro-futuristic “City of Angels”? Be that as it may, La La Land is a film that has thrilled critics and audiences, Awarded with 6 Golden Globes and as many Oscars, including those for best director (for Damien Chazelle) and for best actress (for Emma Stone), it is a sort of cinematic UFO, a musical that pays homage to Les parapluies de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy and others Follies in winter, to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, and which shamelessly reveals its nostalgia charge, as well as the intent to restore enchantment both to the cinematic experience and to the city that is its mecca. A strange object of pleasure, to be reviewed without moderation.
2. The pursuit of happiness
A father and son find themselves forced to live on the streets, with only the optimism and mutual affection available to face the harshness of New York life. Six-year-old Jaden Smith stars opposite his father Will for the first time in this bittersweet comedy that reminds audiences of the fundamental importance of family. A must of American cinema.