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La La Land Review

La La Land is up for Best Picture at the Oscars.

La La Land is up for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Courtesy: IMDb

La La Land is up for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Courtesy: IMDb

Courtesy: IMDb

La La Land is up for Best Picture at the Oscars.

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La La Land is a story about a young aspiring actress, Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician/enthusiast, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), trying to “make it” in their own way, in the “City of Stars” Los Angeles, California. The film takes you back to the days of the 40’s and 50’s musicals with classy costumes almost as if they were pulled right out of an old fashion movie. With the help of singer and songwriter John Legend, the songs were a mix of nostalgic, modern, and dreamy, taking the audience to the same ‘La La Land’ the couple was in.

The storyline was intoxicating and kept the audience wrapped up in the couple’s romantic and personal journeys right up to the end. What I personally enjoyed throughout the film was the way they were able to execute a modern musical in a way that wasn’t your typical musical. In my opinion, it was a musical for those who aren’t crazy about musicals. Many times musicals completely take over the storyline but the songs in La La Land were just adding to the story, not encompassing it.

In addition, by casting Stone and Gosling, writer and director, Damien Chazelle took a risk, as neither actor is known for starring in musicals. However, this choice seemed to pay off with the countless award nominations and wins the movie has been adding to its collection since its debut.

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I was completely head over heels for the movie even when the ending (metaphorically) ripped out my heart and stomped on it. As someone who usually isn’t fond of romantic movies I gave this one a try. Sadly, I was reminded why I choose to avoid them. Days later, I found myself crying in my car, thinking about lonely Sebastian, (Gosling) and his incredible piano skills (was anyone else unaware of his talent or just me?) Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and would highly recommend it. I encourage anyone who is even slightly interested in the movie to go see it. You will experience a roller coaster of emotions, but you will not be disappointed.

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