Regina at the Movies: La La Land
By Regina Sanchez
You may have heard people talking about the movie “La La Land,” but not have known what all the buzz was about.
La La Land made Golden Globe history by breaking the record for most Golden Globes won by a single movie. La La Land director, Damien Chazelle, took home Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film has also been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, in tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve,” both which won Best Picture. La La Land is expected by many to win the 89th Academy Award for Best Picture. Only 10 musicals have ever won the prestigious award.
The film, starring Ryan Gosling as Sebastian and Emma Stone as Mia, has definitely left a footprint in film history. The duo’s on-screen chemistry was unbelievable and undeniable.
La La Land is most defined not a love story. If anything, it’s a story about accomplishing your goals through conflict and compromise.
Sebastian is an aspiring jazz pianist, with an ambition to open his very own jazz club. Mia is a talented aspiring actress. Mia is very busy working in a coffee shop at a backlot in the Warner Bros Studio. However, she manages to make time for hopeful auditions.
The two met in a quite unusual way. After the opening musical scene, during a highway jam, Mia takes time to practice her lines in the car. However, while doing this, she distracts herself from driving. Sebastian is driving behind Mia, and when she is not moving, he pulls up next to her honking. Disturbed by the noise, she looks, and flips him the bird.
Coincidence strikes when Mia is persuaded by her friends to go to a party. Little did she know, she would run into the same guy from the highway.
They have more small encounters, and throughout all of them, you can definitely sense the chemistry building.
Seeing Mia and Sebastian fall in love was like watching a spark turn into flame. The two singing “Lovely Night” as they danced the night away was a very special cinematic scene.
Mia was seeing a man named Greg. His brother came into town with his wife, and they all went out to dinner. However, it just so happens that on the exact same night, Sebastian had offered to take Mia to see “Rebel Without A Cause”. She goes to dinner with Greg, but realizes that where she should really be is with Sebastian. Just like that, she get’s up and walks out of the restaurant with no explanation.
Greg was a surprise to me, because of how little he was mentioned of before he came up in that scene. He was never actually there for Mia.
Mia and Sebastian's relationship continues. Mia is still going in and out of multiple auditions, feeling hopeless at all of the rejection. Soon enough, the tables turn for both of them.
Sebastian meets up with his friend Keith, played by John Legend, and joins his band as a key player. The band turns out to have much success, and puts Sebastian a very busy schedule.
Mia, on the other hand, had an audition where none of the casting agents saw her true talent. Because of this, she decides to start a one-woman show inspired by her childhood.
Chazelle proved that he could keep a smooth pace with this movie, directing it so that he wasn’t rushing anything, yet also not making it drag on forever.
I have to say, the ‘unexpected’ ending was my favorite part of the movie, but will most likely leave viewers with a couple tears in their eyes.
When Mia and her new husband unexpectedly wind up at Sebastian's Jazz Club, they go in and have a drink. During this time, you enter a montage of what would have happened if Mia and Sebastian would have ended up together.
However, that montage was extremely unrealistic, showing the traditional Hollywood ending of a movie. In that montage, only Mia was able to fulfil her dreams. She became Sebastian’s dream, and he no longer cared for his club.
Seeing that Mia and Sebastian didn’t end up together actually worked out perfectly. The two had clear struggles trying to maintain their relationship. Mia started to question the career moves Sebastian was making and Sebastian was also questioning Mia’s.
On a scale of 1-5 stars, I would definitely give La La Land a solid 4.5 stars.