Film Review: La La Land

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Image credit: Lionsgate

Permeated with beautiful scenery and an amazing score, La La Land explores the lives of Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) as they each chase their respective dreams.

I do not love jazz.

This statement by Mia to Sebastian (Seb) drives him to convince her of the importance of this genre of music that is slowly dying. What follows are several inspiring works of art.

You can expect a feast of colours and oe and ah-moments throughout this captivating film. Like when the couple dance together, Mia twirling in her bright yellow dress while the city lights twinkle behind them (the spectacular image chosen for the movie poster). Or, a turquoise floor strewn with red-brown autumn leaves, water glistening on the side. I could go on… There were so many scenes where I felt like grabbing a camera to capture the moment, or just pausing the film to take in the images in front of me.

I’m not going to give away much more of the storyline, but I will say that the acting is completely unforced (of course this is what one would expect from two A-list actors). I could really relate to the characters’ humanness – like Sebastian’s snort when he and Mia lean in for their first kiss in the cinema and the film comes to an abrupt halt while the lights are switched back on, instantly ending their moment. One can’t help but laugh out loud.

Does their story end in ‘happy ever after’? You’ll have to find out for yourself. But if I have not convinced you to watch, just look at our dog Optimus engrossed in the story. Need I say more?

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