Recommended. Yes, I give La La Land a full thumbs up and a ripe tomato. I liked the movie. But given that, this was a disappointment and it may be the most over rated movie of the year. It starts very strong, with a wonderful, wild dance number on an LA freeway that has been widely described. But that’s the high point of the evening. Emma Stone (The Help) and Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine) make a nice couple but director/scribe Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) gives them skeletal characters with which to work. I resented the ending, which I thought was a cheat of the promise of the boy-meets-girl trope. And, let’s face it, Emma and Ryan are far from Fred and Ginger. I really didn’t buy their commitment to acting or jazz, respectively. But this is an honest attempt to revive the romantic musical. There’s worse ways to spend an evening.