Oscarswinner La La Land is an Americanmusical romantic comedy film, directed by Damien Chazelle.
The film tells thestory of jazz musician Sebastian Wilder and aspiring actress Mia Dolan whenthey meet in Los Angeles in their pursuit of their dreams. La La Land received positive reviews from both professional moviecritics and audience, for its exuberant scores and choreography, its romanticatmosphere and captivating visuals.La La Land impresses me mostly for its majestical scenesand its beautiful underlying message about love and dreams. Mia is a waitressworking in a small coffee shop on one Hollywood lot. She indulges herself inher aspiration of becoming an actress, despite continuous failures in many ofher castings. Sebastian is a frustrated jazz musician who is unwillinglyplaying Christmas carols in a restaurant as required by his boss.
Seb also hasa dream, he wants to open his own jazz club, with real jazz music. Seb and Miameet by accident multiple times, and eventually become romantically attractedto each other. They inspire each other to pursue their passions, but when Sebstarts to play in a new jazz band called TheMessengers, both have problems compromising and prioritizing. Mia goes backto her hometown after her unsuccessful self-written play and her argument withSeb about the current situation of their relationship. Then Mia gets a castingcall for a movie that takes place in Paris, from there the couple part ways,claiming they will always love each other. The film fast-forwards to five yearslater when Mia is now a famous Hollywood actress.
She is married, but not toSebastian. After a sequence of dreamy and romantic plot development, La La Land hits the audience with aheartbreaking truth. The film ends with Mia meeting Seb in Seb’s jazz club. Inthis ending scene, Mia and Seb contemplate about what their life together inthe last five years can have been like while Seb plays Mia and Sebastian’s Theme. When the song ends, they come back toreality, Mia walks out of the club and gives Seb one last look with a smile onher face. The ending of this film was what kept many viewers deep in thoughtwhen they walked out of the cinema. It is not a sad ending, it is justrealistic.
Mia and Seb smile when they see each other because although theyhave gone separate ways, they still share the same happy memory. They respectthe other person’s decision and they cherish their time together. This endingmay be heartbreaking, but as moviegoers, many people can relate to La La Land on a certain level, for it isnot an unreal and cliché love story like many romantic films in our times. Thefilm’s message lies in its ending: Chasing your dream is the most importantpart of your life, but it requires sacrifice.
According to New York Times, ‘the real tensionin La La Land is between ambition andlove, and perhaps the most up-to-date thing about it is the way it exploresthat ancient conflict’. Overall, La La Land succeeds both as a dreamy fantasy and a rationally realistic story, a romantic comedy and a colorful melodrama. The film’s charm liesin its vintage colors, thoroughly composed songs and dazzling choreography. La La Land is one of the best movies I saw in 2016, it is a celebration of20th-century movements. The filmoffers a warming, revivingsense of magic and hope in the world, the perfect escape from all the turbulence of the present.