10/10 Where do I begin? So last year I thought Sicario was the best film of the year but my favorite film was Mad Max: Fury Road. This year the best film was Manchester by the Sea but this is easily my favorite film and an extremely close second for best film of the year. This is one of those movies that really breaks down barriers. People whom don’t even like going to the movies often or whom don’t like musicals can all really find something to love here. This movie can be enjoyed by pre-teens all the way up to senior citizens. Stone and Gosling’s chemistry has never been better, the production values (cinematography in particular) are jaw dropping, the feelings this film will stir up inside of you, both happy and sad, are why we go to the movies in the first place. Original musicals not based off of a pre-existing Broadway show are almost nonexistent these days so to have one with such strong music and lyrics is an unbelievable breath of fresh air. It harkens back to the MGM musicals of old while also feeling current, contemporary and relatable. The ending I initially had mixed feelings on but upon my second viewing, there is really no other way to end it and I love it. I have a couple very minor nitpicks that make this film just a hair under Manchester by the Sea but even those complaints don’t take away from my enjoyment of the film, hence the 10 out of 10. I can see this film being one I revisit time and time again after a good day or a bad one and one that just puts you into a good mood. This is why I go to the movies and I urge everyone to see this movie (it will get an IMAX run in the not too distant future).
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