Yes, I know, another post about La La Land, but who can blame me? After such a horrific 2016, this movie was a breath of fresh air. Everything about this movie was so lovable, from the intended clichés to the phenomenal soundtrack. This movie has definitely stole my heart and won a spot on my favourites list, right next to Singin’ In The Rain, and here’s why…
This movie touched so many topics that I, and countless others, can connect to and made me so emotional towards the end. It was so refreshing to see a movie that indulged itself in the hollywood romantic clichés, but didn’t overdo the amount of cheesy lines and scenes. I have managed to narrow down the reasons as to why I am hopelessly in love with this film, down to three, let’s dive right in, shall we?
1) An artist’s struggle
Although I most certainly am not a successful actress like Mia, and have no plans for a grand opening to a jazz club, I can relate to the feeling of losing hope and motivation in creating art. Music is one of the most important things in my life, and there is nothing worse than performing at a competition, missing that one eighth note, and winning a bronze instead of a gold. The amount of times I have had people tell me that music was a waste of time and a (as Mia called it) pipe dream, is countless, yet I still am obsessed with playing, studying, and listening to music. My heart shattered into a million pieces when Mia was standing outside of her house, crying out that she thinks she’s not good enough when the audience knew she was, in fact, TOO good. I, as well as hundreds of other ambitious art lovers, understand that loss of confidence all too well. This movie beautifully depicted the story of being a dreamer, something I hope we can all connect to.
2) The music
Hello, yes, can someone call 911? Because that orchestra pit was ON FIRE. The scoring for this movie is incredible and I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack, the dynamic changes were flawless, the strings made me cry, the brass had me dancing along to the soloists, and don’t even get me started on the piano and the woodwinds. It’s so rare for me to shed a single tear over the music during movies, yet the epilogue had me sobbing. Hearing the strings jump in so smoothly after a quiet piano solo made my heart drop, you would think I was kidding but I literally gasped when that happened. Can we also talk about the trumpets in the Epilogue (yes, that’s my favourite song in this movie)? These brass players are jaw droppingly good, they were all so crisp and fell in unison with each other, and the soloist CRUSHED IT. I always say that the musical aspect in films are lost and the players, conductors, and writers, never receive enough credit, but I think that this movie did the orchestra justice.
3) The ending
Yes I know, we were all heartbroken by the end of this film, we all want Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-I mean, Mia and Seb-together. Nonetheless, this ending is part of why I enjoy this movie so much, seeing the two live happily ever after would have made me feel happy but a little unsatisfied because that’s exactly what I expected to happen. That element of surprise caught me off guard and made the movie seems so much more ‘real’. The final few scenes were breathtakingly stunning and true works of art which corresponded so perfectly with the music that was being played in the background. My take on this finale was not necessarily Mia having a ‘what could have been’ daydream, but more of a reflection on how she chose to follow one dream and ended with having a second (finding true love) that she had to abandon in order to achieve her primary goal, she daydreams of all of the Hollywood clichés (ex. seeing Seb for the first time and falling into a passionate kiss) that she wanted to have but had to leave behind to follow her heart. Jeez, I’m really hoping this movie wins all the Oscars.
Alright, so I’m gonna have to cut this short before I go off on a tangent on how beautiful this movie is, because I can go on and on. If you haven’t had the chance to see the movie, PLEASE DO SO, you would be doing yourself a tremendous favour, trust me.
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Song Of The Day: The Fools Who Dream – Emma Stone/La La Land soundtrack