La La Land Review: The greatness of a musical
Damien Chazelle loves too make films about music, even when he's only screenwriting the films, instead of directing them. There's a certain musical influence that's expressed in La La Land that no one has ever done before. Or hasn't been able to accomplish in some time. That's create a movie about the very nature of human's in their relationship to the entertainment industry. The entertainment industry has involved and changed over time. However, it's the efforts of certain people to keep the old still fresh. It's also about those same dreamers accomplishing their goal in today's society. The climate has changed and the movie shows the trend of beauty in the industry dying off. Dreamers can only go so far until their own dreams are crushed, resulting in the dreamers creating their own opportunities.
Mia (Emma Stone) is a down and out actress with a dream to make it to the big stage one day. However, life hits her like a bus when in the form of auditions that don't go her way. However, she is still willing to fight for what she wants in life. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) comes into her life unexpectedly and both of them discuss their dreams of becoming who they are on the big stage. The problem is the fact that they're both entertainers with the passion but not the right break that they want. This create conflict within their own relationship with each other. They're conflict with the outside world effects their conflict with themselves. Creating a almost parallel between the industry and the people who inhabit it. The difference is that the dreamer inside them can overcome an obstacle in their way.
La La Land has done something that no movie before has down. Made me realize that musicals aren't as bad as they seem. Yes they can be annoying and yes they do have a tendency to over do it with the singing. However, La La Land is a treat to be hold. A movie comes only comes along in a lifetime that can capture certain emotions that transcend an entire moment. Like a lot of parts in the film, it short of freezes us in time when things where just much more similar; where dreams could be brought into real life. That's what's special about La La Land and what some people won't get when coming out of the film. Some people might underestimate and look past the wonders of what truly makes the film one of the best of the year.
The film isn't something to be looked at as a spectacle. Gone is the flashy dialogue, the awesome special effects, or even the realistic tone of the film. However the short of creepy aspect of the film, more along the lines of how it plays itself with the leads, doesn't hurt the film. The film might have two notorious actors in the leading role contributing to a society and industry that short of produces some wrong doings. Though this overlooked by heartbreaking and fantastic showing of human nature. The film is beautifully tragic in the most poetic version it could be. It transcends the very boundaries that are holding it show close together. Sometimes a film comes along that will shock you deeply, and even surprise you with a very emotional movie going experience. This doesn't even come close to disappointing in this aspect.
With that I"m going to give this film a big old standing ovation and two thumbs up.