La La Land: No Dancing Edition

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
128 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
95 minutes
Time Cut:
33 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
An aspiring actress and jazz pianist pursue their dreams but will the dream tear them apart. Spotlight or once in a lifetime love.
Intention:
A little experiment to find out whether the story could hold up with a lack of dancing
Other Sources:
La La Land (Bluray)
La La Land (Original Soundtrack)
Special Thanks:
A special thanks to Thecuddlyninja who's observation and ideas have enhanced my maiden edit. Also to theryaney & jswert12345 for cover design ideas and Sinbad & TK521 for viewing and subsequent feedback of my work print. Also all who encouraged me in my forum thread.
Release Information:
  • Blu-ray
  • Digital
Special Features:
Trailer, Lost Dances featurette and Mars trailer available on the Bluray only.
Cuts and Additions:
All dance sequences have been cut except for a few Mia toe tapping moments during
the second date montage.
Trailer

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
128 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
95 minutes
Time Cut:
33 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
An aspiring actress and jazz pianist pursue their dreams but will the dream tear them apart. Spotlight or once in a lifetime love.
Intention:
A little experiment to find out whether the story could hold up with a lack of dancing
Other Sources:
La La Land (Bluray)
La La Land (Original Soundtrack)
Special Thanks:
A special thanks to Thecuddlyninja who's observation and ideas have enhanced my maiden edit. Also to theryaney & jswert12345 for cover design ideas and Sinbad & TK521 for viewing and subsequent feedback of my work print. Also all who encouraged me in my forum thread.
Release Information:
  • Blu-ray
  • Digital
Special Features:
Trailer, Lost Dances featurette and Mars trailer available on the Bluray only.
Cuts and Additions:
All dance sequences have been cut except for a few Mia toe tapping moments during
the second date montage.
Cover art by Last Impressions (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Trailer

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1 review
Overall rating
 
8.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I've only seen La La Land once before, which meant I was only vaguely familiar with what was being changed. This is often my preferred way to watch fanedits, since it allows me to be less "alert" when cuts are made and hopefully have less of a familiarity bias.

Visual quality here is not on par with the blu-ray, but it looks good. Audio is stereo and sounds good as well, though I felt like I had to turn it up more than normal. No complaint there, just an observation. I haven't compared with the source.

The editing here is generally really nicely done. I didn't notice any audio transitions, except for the kiss toward the end. I couldn't remember how this scene went down exactly, but something in the audio shifted, which then reminded me that the orchestra swells there normally (I think?), but now it just stays with the piano. It's not a bad cut by any means, and it's creatively done (the execution of that whole sequence must have been tricky). I think there was just something about some of the ambience in that moment that just seemed off.

Visual editing is rarely noticeable. There are some fades here and there, which I think are well handled, but since you don't see that transition used very often in modern film, I think it's typically a hard technique to mask. The fade during Stone's callback felt a bit unnatural to me and I think could have worked better as a hard cut. Additionally, the opening title was a nice touch, but looked a bit odd and jittery to me. Otherwise, titles/fonts etc. are on point.

Narrative functions well and I think LI has achieved his goal here. In spite of the title, there IS a little bit of dancing and singing, but it's dancing and singing that happens in a grounded fashion, and isn't theatrical. The key thing about this edit is that it takes a musical and changes it into a straight drama. There is still an air of the theatrical, simply because of the cinematography if nothing else. The whole thing pops and has this vibe, and it's more than just the music and dancing that contributes to the film being a sort of retro/musical homage. However, none of LI's changes feel out of place. Apart from some minor narrative stuff (see below), things generally flow well, little is detracted from the relationship and it functions well in this format. I enjoyed it just as much as I did last time (watching the theatrical) - maybe even a little more in some ways? I did like the original musical aspects, but there were a couple of numbers (like the opening) that I wasn't keen on.

A couple of fairly minor narrative things:

1. There's a minor continuity issue with the horn-beep gag. Since the origin is removed, when Gosling picks up Emma for her date and blares his horn she immediately knows who it is and is delighted; whereas, without the context you'd expect a different reaction. Again, it's not a huge thing, but it creates a brief "eh?" moment as an audience member.
2. There is a plot-hole created somewhere, since Gosling's character makes reference to knowing Stone's house would be in front of the library, and there is no prior indication to the viewer as to why he would know this.


Lastly, I really loved the "own the source" sequence at the start. Completely original and a really nice touch! I love stuff like that; it puts a personal twist on the fanedit experience.

All in all, very enjoyable, and definitely recommended to those that are either allergic to musicals or are merely curious as to how La La Land would function in this format.

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Overall rating
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(5)
Audio Editing
 
9.6(5)
Visual Editing
 
9.4(5)
Narrative
 
8.8(5)
Enjoyment
 
9.6(5)
Overall rating
 
8.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
pretty solid edit. I was putting off watching La La Land for quite some time but I never liked the dancing scenes as I'm not a fan of musicals. I did eventually watch it and it made me wanna see it without those parts included. I found this edit and although it misses some fairly minor narrative things that don't really affect the plot much, it makes the movie much more enjoyable for someone who doesn't like musicals.

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Overall rating
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
I have never seen the OG Movie, its just not up my alley, all this singing and dancing.
But this Version i wanted to see because i really do like Emma Stone, and seeing her wiggley and dancy, i could bear.
So, i f i get it right, the Test was, if the Story would work without all the shiny bits and it does.

Its a light Drama now and clocking in with 90 minutes, right on the Spot.
This experience makes me wanne see the Movie and i will someday. But for now, this will do.
I had fun and the editing, Audio and Visuel is flawless to my eyes, and the thing works. In my Books thats very good.

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Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
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10.0
Gone is the musical, now we can watch this as a film. It still gives homage to old classical musicals and the jazz infused romance is still present (and maybe even emphasized).

One minor thing I’ve noticed: at the start, the effect for the words "No Dancing Edition" is a bit jumpy / jittery, it looked weird. Other than that, the start is thematically great; it makes a lot of sense to begin the film like this.

The opening dancing portion being cut is a breath of fresh air. I mean, I loved seeing that section in the original film, and it's a technical and directing achievement, but it felt apart from the rest of the story. Even if intended to be just a prologue, that section is completely unrelated to the rest of the film, so it never really worked as a prologue / opening of the story. With that scene gone, the narrative is better and the film gains quality.

After that, nice editing with the non-linear portion, it highlights the important moment when the 2 main characters first "cross paths".

During the rest of the edit, including at the end, I never felt anything was missing, and the story works without the dancing parts.

I've read the last review when it is said there is a continuity error in Sebastian knowing Mia's parents' house with no previous reference in the film; at least in the current version I've watched, there is such a reference (when they are talking after they first meet on her workplace). No continuity error here.

Thanks for this!

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Overall rating
 
9.8
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10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
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10.0

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(Updated: April 02, 2018)
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
I watched a preview version of this awhile back which I know needed 1 or 2 small alterations so scores are based on the assumption these were fixed.

So here we have La La Land with all the dancing removed, it begs the question as to whether the movie could hold up without it. While I didn't think La La Land deserved the huge amount of praise it recieved I did like it and I am pleased to say this dancless edition works well too. Its very well edited and I think it actually could fool someone who had no idea what type of movie La La Land is into thinking it was just an indie jazz infused romantic drama. The finale in particular did an excellent job of side-stepping the song and dance routine. Video and audio were excellent in the version I watched and all the dancing scenes were removed seamlessy.

With the omission of the dance scenes it does highlight the fairly superficial nature and lack of drama in the rest of the film but it cuts the movie down to around 90 mins so while it is dramatically very light it never outstays its welcome, Emma Stone is always a delight to watch in anything

Overall a fine first edit and I eagerly await the dance free version of Breakdance the Movie.
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