What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about “La La Land”? The overwhelmingly positive reaction to Damien Chazelle’s musical adventure should be enough to make anyone realise that this is a triumph in modern cinema. It seems all too easy these days to rest on the laurels of tried and tested franchises such as Marvel and DC as nostalgia and anticipation will carry them across the finish with very little artistic vision required. Instead, Chazelle made the ineviable decision to grow on his previous successes with Whiplash and produce something worthy of the films it so lovingly represents.
So what can be said about “La La Land” that hasn’t been said already? In short, not a lot. Within the opening 5 minutes La La Land achieves everything it’s trying to do both visually and figuratively. It is a statement of intent that cinema isn’t what it used to be all of those years ago, and that without the free-thinking spirits that quietly reside within it, all credibility will surely be lost.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s characters both have a dream of becoming successful within the daydream that is Hollywood, California, a dream I’m sure millions of people have had at at least one point in their lives. However what seemed to capture me the most was the subtly depressive undertone that supplemented this Golden Globe winner.
Throughout “La La Land” both Gosling and Stone make clear to the audience they are willing to do whatever it takes to reach the summit of their respective field, a revelation that only at the very end of the film seems to truly impact on the characters themselves. From selling out on your personal beliefs to aimlessly attending auditions for countless Jane Doe characters, these two wannabes hold no reservations when it comes to reaching that sunny peak. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Shouldn’t we do what makes us happy after all?
If you are apprehensive about going to see “La La Land”, don’t be. From beginning to end it is a beautiful throwback to an age of Cinema long out of sight, too long some may say. With awe inspiring musical set pieces, performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone that seem to prove that there is nothing these highly talented figures can’t do and a script that carries beauty in tandem with desperation in such a way that it’s difficult not to feel emotional once the credits roll.
Much like Mia and Seb, my dreams reach far and wide in terms of belief and overall reality. In this age in which we live it is difficult to stand out in a crowd filled with people that can shout louder for a much longer period of time. However, this does not detract from the fact that regardless of volume or scale, passion for achieving one’s inner goal should never be contained. Work hard at what you love, take the dark times as a learning curve and stride towards reaching the light at the end. Don’t allow someone to tell you what you should do to achieve these desires. Word hard, work long and enjoy every second of it, because one day, when you least expect it, an old face will appear to remind you of how far you’ve come and how great the journey to get there truly was.
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