The cinematography is beautiful in La La Land. The locations, the lights and all the colors were incredibly stunning. The movie won the best cinematography award at the Oscars, in addition to 5 other awards, and personally i think it was the only Oscar the film really deserved. Emma's acting is not extraordinary in my opinion, as with the music, both with the original score and the original song. I cannot judge the director when i have only seen this movie by them, but i still feel like there were other directors who deserved it more.
The film follows a classic Hollywood pattern, the story revolving around a white, straight couple, and there were many scenes i found quite cheesy, like the scene where the couple dance together and are suddenly flying. It is also hard for me to understand why they cast actors of color in the supporting roles, like John Legend, yet still cast white actors for the centered characters. I was quite pleased that it did not win best picture at the Oscars, because i think Moonlight definitely deserved that, more than anyone else.
Overall, it is quite a nice movie, however i found myself enjoying how the movie looked more than what was happening. I think the plot was moving very slowly, and some of the scenes were rather unnecessary for the story. It is not a bad movie by any means, but i really think it could have been done a lot better, especially knowing the production budget was 30 million dollars.