Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
This was one of the movies I was really looking forward to seeing since its first trailer came out. But unfortunately, it came out a bit later here in the country than it did over in the US, which is why I'm only able to review it now. But regardless, I'm still quite happy I was finally able to see it!
If you know me, you might already be aware of how I'm not such a big fan of musicals. But for some reason, that never really deterred from my excitement for this movie since minute one. Maybe it was because I was already aware of director Damien Chazelle's style because I've seen a couple of his previous movies where he focuses more on the human aspect of it all rather than emphasizing on the grandiose numbers and other somewhat vain aspects that some other movies in the same genre might possess. Not that this film's musical numbers were bad, quite the opposite, as I actually found them fantastic and enjoyed them very much. Chazelle's style just oozes through this movie beautifully. From the crisp, well-composed shots that are filled with such a dazzling array of colors every scene, right down to the jazzy, electric sequences bursting at the seams with energy.
The other big aspect being the movie's two leads, which, in my own humble opinion, really carried the movie, both story and emotion-wise. And boy did they do so wonderfully. Stone and Gosling's sheer on-screen chemistry is such a big part of what makes the movie great, that if it weren't for them, the movie would not have been as good. They just deliver emotion so well and have such a strong presence on screen that just grabs your full attention.
When the credits rolled I was left there sitting feeling absolutely moved. The ending is quite powerful and incredibly poetic. In the end, I really loved how the music, nor the dancing, nor the whole Hollywood setting and the "business" was never really the main focus of the movie, but rather, just some things to add to the whimsy to the lives of the two people the movie is all about. The jazz being a great metaphor for their lives and their relationship with each other, in that "jazz is constantly changing and compromising".
This film is a great depiction of a story between two people whose lives intersect for a moment in time. They deeply love each other, and because of one another, they realize their own personal goals they must accomplish. But their goals drifted apart, and so did their lives. And though they may stil love each other, the circumstances of their lives have changed. And despite their chemistry and their compatibility with each other, they can't be together anymore. The movie emphasizes on the fact that choices have consequences and life is not a fairy tale. At the end, they both still love each other very much, but five years is a long time and a lot has happened since then. Even though they both know they belong together...life just had different plans. "La La Land" is such a fantastic movie which I highly recommend to everyone reading this.
Personal rating: 9/10
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