LLL is anything but a terrible film. Musicals are not for everyone but calling it outright terrible strikes me as a big exaggeration.
sorry, but it's terrible.
the story is extremely shallow.
the themes are vapid and boring.
the singing/dancing is mediocre at best. it's an average musical as musicals go.
the acting is good but it's without soul or purpose
the cinematography was good but nothing special.
it's just a movie about white actors and Hollywood.
the ultimate circle jerk.
It's not really shallow so much as it is upbeat and glamorous; and even then its underscored with quite a bit of reality [esp. with that ending] and genuine heart. Its themes of ambition, compromise and sacrifice are not what I would call vapid. I think a lot of people can relate to the situation Mia and Seb are going through.
I agree its not world class singing or dancing, but I think it sort of adds to the charm? the music itself can be quite infectious [City of Stars] and the imperfections sort of add to the charm here. These songs rendered professionally wouldn't be half as good, as evident by John Legend's Oscar performance.
Dude the cinematography and editing were AMAZING. Half this movie is in the brilliant camera work. The ending sequence? insane. The space planetarium? fantastic. Or how about the scene for A Lovely Night? it beats out all the competition this year, at least.
Is it a Hollywood handjob? yes, I don't think anyone can really deny that. But its a damn good wank.