Review: Take a Trip to “La La Land”!

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Review: Take a Trip to “La La Land”!

By: Solana Gagliano, Staff Reporter

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The Oscar nominated musical, “La La Land,” gives a modern perspective on old Hollywood movies. La La Land  tells the story of an aspiring actress named Mia (played by Emma Stone) who moves to Los Angeles to make her dreams come true. She then, by a series of unusual coincidences, meets a jazz pianist named Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who fantasizes about opening a jazz club in Los Angeles. Together, they try to pursue their lifelong dreams as they slowly form a relationship.

This musical reminds me of 1950s era productions such as “Guys and Dolls” and “Singing in the Rain” due to its use of bright costumes and energetic atmosphere. Furthermore, the many well-composed songs are subtly and artfully introduced throughout the plot. From the choreography, to set design, to cinematography, and art direction, it is exceptional on all levels. Though the production reminds me of a lighthearted Broadway play, the movie often has deep and realistic views about “happy ever afters.” 

Not only is the film very intricate in design, it has a sense of rawness and authenticity when it comes its characters. “La La Land” dives deep into the character’s minds, showing their complexity and vulnerability.

The actors also had many challenges throughout the making of this new movie. Actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling had to learn how to tap dance months before the filming. Additionally, Ryan Gosling had to learn how to play all of the film’s jazz compositions by practicing piano every day for six months. John Legend, who plays a musician in the film, had to learn guitar as well.

Of course, their work payed off. “La La Land” has been nominated for fourteen Oscars and won six Golden Globe awards. I highly recommend this outstanding musical for everyone, although it is rated PG-13 for mild language. Run out and see it immediately because it won’t be in theaters much longer! It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in recent years.

 

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