After watching La La Land, it’s hard to tell yourself that it’s just a movie. The catchy soundtrack, the dazzling choreography, and the passionate actors make you want to jump inside and live in it for awhile.
Here’s my short review.
Music: Spot on! The soundtrack was amazing, and is well deserving of praise and recognition. Some stick-out songs would definitely be Someone In The Crowd, City of Stars, Audition (The Fools Who Dream). I absolutely loved the catchy tunes; they’ll be stuck in my head for days to come.
Acting: Well done. Mia and Sebastian’s characters were so believable. Their easy relationship and natural connection made it seem like they weren’t on camera in some parts, more like friends hanging out.
I loved that failure was brought to light, and successes were well fought for. Musicals can often lean towards the cheesy side, but this movie was very real. Two people chasing their dreams in a city where everyone is trying to get the spotlight.
When Mia and Sebastian faced challenges and their confidence was put to the test, the viewer could actually feel the exact emotions that they were feeling. I remember one specific scene where Mia was at Sebastian’s car in front of her house, and she deeply questioned her whole decision of leaving school to follow her dreams of being an actress. When she was questioning, the audience too was questioning, but rooting for her all the while. That’s a sign of good acting.
Ending: I’ll be honest, the ending was kind of confusing. It took you on a ride where there was no getting off. You didn’t really know what was real, and what was imagined. That was part of the excitement though, and it really put you on the edge of your seat. I’m not going to spoil the ending for those who haven’t seen it, but I’ll just tell you that it’s a crazy two dimensional roller coaster.
This movie lifts you off your feet and takes you on a journey, and when you land back on the ground, you come out with something new.
Hope you enjoy it!
Listen to the soundtrack!