2 hours ago
"people love what other people are passionate about.” i have been obsessing over this film since i first thought that miles teller and emma watson were going to fill these roles. each trailer and new still that i saw of this film made me more and more eager, but i was worried my overwhelmingly high expectations was going to ruin my experience. la la land is a 2016 romantic musical comedy-drama written and directed by damien chazelle and stars ryan gosling, emma stone, john legend, and rosemarie dewitt. it centers around a jazz musician and an aspiring musician who fall for each other through their shared struggles, but end up finding it difficult to stay together as they reach for their goals. there is so much to talk about this film. it felt amazing to be constantly aware of the magic of the surroundings. the way colors were saturated and contrasted each other made watching la la land such a bold experience. the cinematography always felt present, adding a kind of kinetic energy to the film, from the quick pans to the tracking shots. the chemistry between stone and gosling was unforgettable, always smooth and charming. they gave heartfelt performances and never faltered from their character’s struggles. it felt right. that is as plain as i could put it. the music however is what we came to see. although music was featured far less than i expected, the music was beautiful and meaningful. i loved how there was no explanation to it. it just existed like songs that only play in our heads, scoring the intimate moments of our lives that make up our stories. it’s the small phrases. like during “audition” when mia says that people need dreamers, no matter how foolish. or when sebastian uncontrollably yells in order to convince mia to go to her audition. and the ending. wow that ending. i’m a sucker for nostalgia, and when films use it to create this perfect world where nothing goes wrong, i fall easily. when i was watching that montage, i wanted it to be true. even though i knew it didn’t make sense to the logic of the characters, i didn’t care. for a second. then when it ended, i accepted it.