First of all, I know it’s a bit late to make a review on this movie, but what can I do? I just finished watching one of the greatest musical movies ever made in the history of Hollywood.
Here`s a short story why I finally gave it a go to watch this one;
Every year when the awards season is right around the corner, we always get the heads up on movies, actors, and actresses that get nominated for the awards. During this year`s awards season, La La Land gets great hype about being one of the top contenders to win many awards.
Since I am not such a huge fan of musical movies, I remember watching the trailer around September 2016 and thinking that I wouldn’t be interested in watching the movie.
Weeks passed by, I still insisted that I was not going to watch the movie, but then the movie started being the most talked about movie this year and sweeping award after award it got nominated for.
So, I decided to give the movie the benefit of my doubt.
Suprisingly, I enjoyed every single minute of the movie.
Right after the closing credits came up on the screen, it was my first time being in awe of great musical movie. I was impressed by everything that the movie had to offer. Great storyline, fantastic songs, entertaining dancing moves, so on.
The storyline is pretty simple yet unexpectedly moving, about this aspiring actress named Mia (Emma Stone) who has endlessly heartbreaking auditions and has big dream to be a big actress one day, meets the jazz pianist named Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who also struggles with his dream to have his own jazz club. Both initially hate each other and start falling for each other as they share the same struggles as artists and big passion for their dreams. I think the message of this movie is something most people can relate to, even I can relate to it. Put aside the romance parts, to see what Mia and Sebastian have to go through in order to make their dreams come true is the true beauty that this movie has left in my heart.
The ending of the movie, to me, is pretty saddening though (SPOILER ALERT!) where they do not end up being a couple. 5 years later after achieving great success with each other`s dreams, where Sebastian finally has his own jazz club named Seb`s, as Mia suggested to him when they were still together, and Mia has become a well-known actress, Mia ends up marrying a guy whom she has a daughter with, while Sebastian is pretty damn hot single.
Now I know why this movie has been getting big buzz for being the best movie of the year, and I can`t agree more!
Even after getting home, I was still taken aback by how hard I fell for this movie. Scene after scene were still playing inside my head, let alone when the soundtracks started playing on my Apple music.
My two favorite scenes are the one with Mia and Sebastian dance together after they accidentally run into each other at a party, with a gorgeous purple-ish night view of LA. The other one is when they fight on their dinner date, when Sebastian surprises Mia with a dinner date at their home then they get into a fight where Mia questions his commitment with his new band and his real dream.
And the only thing that lacks in this movie, I think, where we don’t get to witness much of Mia`s piece of work with her acting skill in theatre, while the parts of Sebastian with his great talent as jazz pianist are shown a lot in the movie.
I just cant picture better actors to play the roles other than this hottest on-screen couple. I don’t think I would have the same vibe if it was Miles Teller and Emma Watson, who initially were set to star the movie, to play Sebastian and Mia roles. As much as I am happy to see Andrew Garfield with Emma Stone together, I wouldn’t complain at all if one day this perfect on-screen couple became a real one because their chemistry is that good in this movie or the previous movies they starred in together, but their performance is beyond stellar this time. At least to me.
But I think, the only person whom I have my biggest crush on is actually the man behind this great production, Damien Chazelle. His charisma and talents are the few factors that made me go watch this movie. His first movie that I remember watching is Whiplash, but I didn’t get the same excitement and great impression from the movie like La La Land gives me. The more I get to know him, the more blown away I become with this talented human being. With his background as a jazz drummer and his passion as a director, I just think he is super genius to be able to combine the thing he loves with the thing he is so passionate about and turn them into such a huge masterpiece.
With the huge success at 74th Golden Globes weeks ago where this movie swept every award it was nominated for, they broke new records for most Golden Globes won by a movie, surpassed One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest and Midnight Express, let alone Damien Chazelle who marked new record as the youngest director who ever won Golden Globe for Best Director.
I am so psyched about the upcoming Academy Awards Nominations for this movie, I am just hoping it can once again surpass the previous records. If this movie can get 14 nominations, then it would be the 3rd movie to get that many nominations after All About Eve and Titanic, and what`s better is if they can win all the nominations, then they will, hands down, beat The Lord of The Rings ` records for the highest clean sweep with 11 Oscar wins, not to mention it will also beat West Side Story with 10 Oscar wins for musical movie.
I just cant wait!