Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

The late 80’s campy musical is full of outrageous performances from Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, and more. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) is based off of the off-broadway muscial version, written by Alan Menken, and not the 1960’s version, featuring Jack Nicholson.

La La Land (2016)

They worship everything and they value nothing.

In general, I am not especially attracted to the musical genre.  This could be due in part to a lack of film musicals being released in recent years.  However, it is more likely that I simply struggle to get into the atmosphere of musicals.  The spontaneous dive into a choreographed number seems to pull me away from the plot instead of reinforcing it.  Chazelle has created a musical drama that pays homage to traditional musicals, but does not stick to their format in his new film, La La Land.