LA LA LAND

19 January 2017


Everyone and their cat is raving about this film (others saying why they didn't like it, but hey, it's not going to be for everyone!) So, I have to put my two cents in. Since seeing a trailer for this sometime back in 2016, I was excited as hell for the release of this. I like musicals, but don't like that many? For me, the old classics like Mary Poppins and Singin' In The Rain are ones I can watch time and time again to be inspired and truly entertained. So when I heard this would be harking back to the musicals from back in the day, my expectations rose. Which isn't a great idea because then I get annoyed at myself when something doesn't live up to said expectations.


Let me tell you folks, when the Cinemascope logo came up on screen, and then that opening number happened? I was grinning like an idiot. And it may sound silly, but it was nice that I was amongst mainly older folks (probably because the time of day), but the fact that it was jam packed in there with the older generation. And like them, I came out the film feeling as though I'd watched a classic, but with a slightly modern twist. 

I don't really want to give away any spoilers, but the story follows Mia (Emma Stone) a barista who has dreams of becoming and actress, and Seb (Ryan Gosling) who wants to stop jazz from dying, which he believes it is. They're both in jobs they clearly don't enjoy, and we follow their journey of how they meet, and change one anothers lives. And it's aesthetically pleasing as fuck. Like, I now need all the neon lights, and a whole new wardrobe to resemble what Mia wears. And maybe a girlfriend or boyfriend that can play jazz to me. Not asking for much, you know? 



I'd listened to the soundtrack a few weeks in the run up to the film's release, and will continue to listen to it (if you couldn't tell by the fact it's in my sidebar...) Honestly though, this film is visually stunning and it makes you feel so many emotions - to the point where yes, one particular scene made m my peepers get a little emotional. If you've seen the film you'll know exactly which scene I mean. If a film can do that to me, it must be good because I'm a cold hearted cow usually. 



I've heard some people say that it doesn't help to bring jazz to the forefront, that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling haven't got the best voices. So what? If anything, I feel the film will get people listening to jazz - I find myself putting some on to chill out to, instead of my usual playlists on Spotify. And sure, they aren't musicians first and foremost, but I like their voices, and they suit the songs! Plus you can't deny that Emma and Ryan have great chemistry and I came out the film a little in love with both of them. I agree with the various things people are saying about how the film ended. Basically, I'm on the fence. But I don't care. LOVED THE FILM. SIMPLE AS.





This is a film that whilst to others it may not become a 'classic', I enjoyed it, I came out the cinema feeling overwhelmed in the best way. There may be the chance I want to go and see it a few more times - but if I don't get the chance to, then it's one I will be purchasing on DVD for sure, as one of those go-to films when you need inspiration, or the world of song and dance to transport yourself to. After seeing La La Land, I feel the need to go and watch Whiplash now as I've not seen any of the director, Damien Chazelle's work before this.

Now excuse me whilst I go and listen to City of Stars for the millionth time...

Are musicals your thing? Have you seen La La Land, and if so, what are your feelings on it?

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