I am very late to the party that is loving on La La Land. Obviously there was a lot of hype about it since it won awards, but I finally got around to watching it and it totally lived up to the hype.
It used to be that a movie was not complete without a musical number, but those days have long since died. La La Land felt like an homage to those times when great films included whole scenes being sung and a whole city breaking out into song and dance. Movies like Oklahoma, Sound of Music, and Singing in the Rain. Classics that will forever touch the high school Thespian in me. The mix of musical and jazz was amazing and I was completely surprised by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s singing and dancing abilities. This movie was a true exhibition of their many talents.
Another great thing about this movie was the actual way it was filmed. It really reminded you of one of those old, classic musicals that will forever be great, but it takes place in modern times and they really focused on the colors throughout the whole film. Each scene is filled with eye catching pops of color that are obviously well thought out to coordinate and create basically a work of art! Definitely a feast for the eyes; it is no wonder that it won awards for its cinematography.
Finally, the actual storyline. The movie was about an actress and a musician who are trying to get their careers off the ground in Los Angeles. The keep bumping into each other and soon form a romance where they provide each other with the confidence they each need to make their artistic dreams a reality.
While working towards their goals and dreams, they begin to drift apart, recognizing that they need to go their own ways if they want their dreams to come true, but never because they stop loving each other. At the end of the movie, once they have achieved their dreams, the future has led them away form each other, but they never forget each other. Even though they do not end up with each other in the end, they still recognize the wonderful influence they each were on their lives. There is a wonderful scene where Ryan Gosling’s character plays a song on the piano and they both imagine a future where they did end up together because they loved each other, but in the end she walks away with her husband with just a backwards glance and small smile at him, home to her child and real future.
It has a truly bittersweet ending that you cannot hate, and I love the message that was there. You can have a truly great love that is meaningful and affects your life so completely without it being your future. Sometimes people come into your life for very specific reasons, and when it is time to let them go, you must. Achieving your dreams is possible as long as you believe in yourself, surround yourself with people who believe in you, and take some risks.
I loved this movie so much and am already itching to watch it again and memorize all the lyrics to the songs so I can sing along!
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