La La Land is a American musical comedy film that features Ryas Gosling, Emma Stone and even John Legend as a supporting role. After it premieres, it immediately receives critical acclaim from the public and reviews. Also, it is directed by the famed musical director Damien Chazelle. With so many great talents in this film, is this truly such an amazing film? I am here to prove it out!
The basic premise is about an aspiring actress, Mia, and Sebastian, a freelance jazz pianist. They met each other in a number of awkward and unusual scenarios but quickly felt spark flying between them. As their relationships gets deeper, the reality starts to hit as Sebastian has to abandon his original dream to get money, while Mia’s plan to self-produce her play begins to fail. With life getting harsher, will their love able to survive the trial? And will their dreams will ever come true?
The film is basically a musical film, but it differentiates itself from others by introducing wild imaginative imageries that forms metaphors and dreams. Most of the music are based on Jazz, but will include a small bit of other genres in appropriate moments. Straight away, the film’s tones, colour grades and atmosphere reflects the 1980s style, where things are brightly coloured. It brings back the feelings of those times, but doesn’t try to emphasise on it. The music plays vital roles in the film that turns an otherwise cliche narrative into an amazing musical performance. Each bits of song contributes to the story, while dramatising the subtle moments from the characters’ emotions.
Big round of applause has to go to both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Their chemistry on screen is presented very naturally, and I just love them from the get-go. It is even more surprising that both of them play roles that seem to suit their character. The awkwardness, the love and the dreams the characters posses are fully brought out by these two talented actors. Best of all, Ryan Gosling actually has musical talent and this is shown thorough the film as his character, Sebastian, composes songs and plays them in his own unique ways. ‘To the fools who dream’, the single line that is uttered by Mia, is beautifully shown in this film through special scenes that turns this film into a sort of play. Alas, it retains the reality that perhaps one has to give up for another, but I like the ending.