This is a musical, yes. To most that is enough reason to give this film a miss but I would advise against such action. There is a reason this film has garnered such acclaim.
The performances by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are brilliant and really explores the range of these artists. The cameo performance by John Legend is also well placed. The story is brilliantly told with music that resonates with every emotion.
The set designers and the art directors involved deserve the highest praise for seamlessly merging Art Deco settings and fashion into current everyday situations.
A must watch for any individual who respects great cinematography, scripting and direction.