Discover the excitement of dreams in La La Land!

La La Land pays honor to the classical movie musicals. My husband and I watched this yesterday after our meeting with my client and I can say that second to Titanic this is a film in years that I can repeatedly watch over and over again. I promised myself that I will be watching this film on big screen whatever happens because I can really relate with Emma Stone’s character in the story since I am a frustrated playwright.

It does visually refer to film like Singin’ in the Rain. The entire movie is very sincere, the dance and music communicate emotion and story. There is impressively magnificent about witnessing this quality and style recreated for a contemporary film. Definitely no pretentions, and melancholy and bliss capture their place.

The film sees struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) crossing paths with the pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) whose dream is to open his own jazz bar. A nostalgic look at Los Angeles the film’s heart is a straightforward story of the struggle to achieve your dreams. With a romantic comedy drama thrown into events, I was certainly moved.
Relating with Chazelle’s Whiplash (2014), jazz presents the beat in this film with waltz picture-perfect Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone . La La Land starts with an opening number that will really mesmerize you and will make you want to stand up and give that production a big hand, a traffic jam on an LA freeway the setting for an immensely exciting song.
Group jumping on cars, bands appearing in the back of vans and every single performer beating their spot outstandingly! You are right away alert that this film will be very extraordinary indeed.

La La Land made me think about the authenticity of personal relationships and artistic actions. It discovers the excitement of dreams, the hardships of pursuing these dreams, pushing me to question the importance of both.

La La Land has one of the best storytelling medium that I have seen in modern years. The cinematography is spectacular, and the soundtrack is superb. Both the visuals and soundtrack are never used in a way that is uninteresting. La La Land recognizes the power of sequencing, I love the way the film images concurrently treat my fantasies and be reminiscent of my humanity. And yes, La La Land represents everything that I love about movies.

Sad with the film’s ending? Yes and No. As for me, there is always a need for sacrifice in following what you love to do. Most complaint that this film gets is the ending and yes that is not how most audience wants it to end. But the thing is, the main point of this film, and this develops slowly and gracefully throughout, is that sacrifices must be made in order to achieve your dream.

La La Land is a masterpiece. It is possibly one of the best film of the decade. It’s fabulous, stunning, moving, and extremely magical.

Emma Stone is a winner in the audition scene. The piece (The Fools Who Dream) she sang is really relevant in delivering the message  she portrays in her character as Mia.

The Fools Who Dream

My aunt used to live in Paris.
I remember, she used to come home and tell us these stories about being abroad and I remember she told us that she jumped into the river once, barefoot.

She smiled…

Leapt, without looking
And tumbled into the Seine
The water was freezing
She spent a month sneezing
But said she would do it again

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She captured a feeling
Sky with no ceiling
The sunset inside a frame

She lived in her liquor
And died with a flicker
I’ll always remember the flame

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She told me:
“A bit of madness is key
To give us new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that’s why they need us”

So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays

And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess we make

I trace it all back to then
Her, and the snow, and the Seine
Smiling through it
She said she’d do it again

After watching what La La Land can do with both traditional and modern styles of film making, I can totally assess that I am really in love with musicals! Thus, I encourage everyone to go see this movie magic to raise the passion, dreams, and spirits for this year.

Lazada Philippines

About the Author

Neldy Co is a Wife, Mother, Writer and an Entrepreneur. Dreamer, pursuer, and a frustrated playwright. Her favorite words, love, faith, and good intentions.

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