Senior HTF Member
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
I know what I am about to say will anger many. I might as well get this out of the way from the start....
I did not enjoy LA LA LAND
Oh, I give credit to Hollywood for at least trying to capture the splendor of musicals of yesteryear, but alas, this is one of the most joyless and boring films I have ever had the opportunity to view in recent memory.
Part of the problem with this film is that the characters aren't overly likable, nor does the dancing rise to the occasion. I just didn't find Gosling or Stone talented enough to make me really care about this film.
That all being said, I am here to talk about the Dolby Atmos presentation, that is, if there's a presentation at all.
The musical numbers sound electrifying in 7.1 with all the channels working to provide encompassing sound. The problem is, the overheads are completely silent for 99.9% of the film, which makes me wonder why this film was even mixed for Atmos. There's nothing, in any of the scenes, that needs overhead direction. In one single scene which happens near the end of the film, a helicopter can be heard flying overhead as Emma Stone and her husband are sitting in traffic contemplating taking the turn-off. That is the only time I sensed any overhead activity.
I would have hoped that the musical numbers would achieve added dimensionality by having some of the instrumentals thrown to the height channels. Such is not the case here. I got out of my recliner several times throughout the film to see if any of the music was being thrown overhead. Nothing but silence.
One final note I would like to add to this, before someone asks: Yes, Dolby Atmos was active on my Denon receiver. The Atmos trailer registered correctly once I started the film. The receiver indicated that all my channels were active. Finally, I did mention an overhead affect that I was able to distinguish late in the film.
I would be very interested to read other reviews on this Atmos presentation as some of you obtain this release over the next few weeks.