One of the best movies to come out last year was ‘La La Land’. It was received very well by audiences and dominated the awards’ season against a brilliant competitor in ‘Moonlight’, While ‘La La Land’ lost at the Oscars the whole debacle only made people want to watch it more.
Damien Chazelle won the directing Oscar for the movie and he has anchored himself as a solid director. But his previous movie, in my opinion was better. Two years before, in a mind-blowing year for movies, came ‘Whiplash’.
When I watched ‘La La Land’ the second time in the cinema hall, I thought back to when I was encapsulated in the musical world shown in ‘Whiplash. That segued into an internal debate I started having that maybe ‘Whiplash’ was the better of the two. So I went home and watched ‘Whiplash’ on Blu-ray and I was sold that it was better than ‘La La Land’.
‘Whiplash’ went head-to-head with favourites like ‘Boyhood’, ‘The Theory of Everything’, ‘Selma’ and ‘Birdman’ and honestly deserved to win every award. Despite its loss, it deserves a bigger moment of glory. Here are some reasons why ‘Whiplash’ is better than ‘La La Land’:
‘La La Land’ was a musical through-and-through with some of the best vocal music in movies in a long time but it wasn’t the absolute best of the year. In my opinion, ‘Sing Street’ which was very criminally underrated, had a better soundtrack overall with brilliant and meaningful songs like; “Go now” and “To find you” which might just be my favourite song of all time.