La La Land can only be described as everything that you want to hate but you can’t help loving. It’s soppy, honest and heart breaking all at the same time and you can’t help but forgive it for the slight air of cringe flowing through the oh-so typical love story.
The film begins on a high with a feel good musical scene on the motorway leading to Downtown LA, and ends on a sort-of low, with an up and down love story floating somewhere in-between. The storyline is brimming with false hope as it tricks you into believing that a happy ending is on the cards before aching you with heartbreak.
The romantic and musical atmosphere running through the film is true to writer/director Damien Chazelle’s classic style used in his past writing such as Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.
Sebastian who is played by Ryan Gosling is a jazz pianist and dreams of one day opening his own club. Mia who is played by Emma Stone is a hopeful actress searching for her big break.
Gosling and Stone both portray their role as the star-crossed lovers wholeheartedly and although the singing was adequate, their performance was oozing with chemistry. This comes at no surprised as La La Land will be the third time the pair have co-starred as a loved-up duo after their roles in both Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad.
The aesthetically pleasing set designed by David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco was a modern twist on old school Hollywood with bright colours and dramatic scenery. The charming costumes also clash with the bittersweet story of two lovers who are forced apart by a fork in the road moment when they are both faced with a choice; following their dreams or following their heart, and the realisation that they can’t do both.
Although the storyline is nothing we haven’t seen before, it’s easy to quickly become mesmerised by this style of storytelling. If you aren’t the type of person who usually entertains a musical, don’t be too quick to judge.
The jazz music which flows through the film from beginning to end is part of what makes the film so enchanting. “Mia and Sebastians Theme” by Justin Hurwitz is the perfect piano track to reflect the rocky love story along with “City of Stars” which is sung by Gosling and Stone.