Mia is an aspiring actress working as a barista in Hollywood. Sebastian is a musician who wants to bring the classic jazz scene back to LA. They dislike each other a little at first, and that’s where the the tension starts. The story isn’t so new, but it’s stories like these that play out everyday that make good movies.
As the relationship progresses and more dreams are coming together or falling apart, it’s clear Mia and Sebastian care for one another. The struggles they have trying to maintain love when their dreams are pulling them to opposite ends is a classic heart-pull.
The color choices were astounding. When Mia and Sebastian leave a party, and they tap dance, Mia in a yellow dress with the blue and purple mountain sunset in the background. My eyes were so pleased; I don’t even have a word for how visually pleased they were. Many other scenes incorporated this same style of contrasting warm and cool tones to add drama. Not one scene had a boring moment. My eyes were stuck on the movie screen the entire time.
After the bench scene, Mia and Sebastian begin to fall for each other. They help the other build up their dream. Sebastian encourages Mia to write a show, and Mia encourages Sebastian to not only open a jazz club, but to try playing for a big band. However, neither realized that the other’s dreams would make the relationship more complicated.
The main bummer about the musical-style LA scene was the musical numbers. I love Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, but there were no broadway moments. No big note. No snappy dance scene. However, the low-key song and dance style may have been leaning towards a realistic edge, but it’s a musical; it doesn’t need a realistic edge. “Sound of Music” did without dance numbers.
Yet the opening number gives a different expectation. Even though Gosling and Stone are darling, the chosen score makes it seem like these stars can’t reach broadway potential. But I’ve had “City of Stars” stuck in my head since I saw it.
Regardless of this, the movie is great in the sense that’s it’s a nice movie. There really aren’t any messages to get; it’s a classic love story. It sucks you in.
We have become accustomed to happy endings, with the two main characters who fall in love and grow apart wind up together again. But “La La Land” decided to take you for a romantic stroll through what could have been.
“La La Land” may not have had a grand message, but it does make you think about how if one choice was different, life could turn out much different than what we expected.
**Featured image taken from IMBD**