At the Oscars, La La Land was the talk of the talk. Emma Stone won Best Actress which apparently was the reason they had a mishap of wrong envelopes as La La Land was incorrectly named Best Picture. That being said, I was interested especially as I like Emma Stone especially for her role as Gwen Stacey in the 2nd wave of Spider-Man films. I haven’t seen much with Ryan Gosling (except The Notebook), but I know he’s considered a heartthrob for many women. I heard their chemistry in this movie was really good, and people just love it when celebrities have that love story whether it’s fictional or not.
The story is about Mia Dolan who lives in Los Angeles as many who aspire to be the next big celebrity do. When she’s not going to auditions, she works at a cafe as a barista. She doesn’t quite like her job, and hopes she can land a new break. But like many who have followed the same path, the auditions can be frustrating as there are countless others there many of whom seem better or more attractive looking than her. But her life will soon change better or for worse when she meets a man named Sebastian Wilder.
Sebastian Wilder is a jazz musician, and he admits to Mia that he fully knows that jazz is rather…uncool by the standards of the 21st century. Like Mia with acting, Sebastian struggles to find stable employment in the field he wants to be in. One such case is being fired at a Christmas event for taking things too “original”. Sebastian is optimistic that Jazz can be “saved” and proves to be the more optimistic one of the pair. While many get their big breaks, countless others fall into the realm of depression and obscurity. Will either Sebastian or Mia achieve their dreams after years of hard work and determination.
To perfectly honest, I really did not like La La Land. I was really over-hyped and the story is flat. It’s cool many times on a visual level, but there were many points where I just wondered “What am I watching?”. I remember once reading Roger Ebert saying that he would of given a movie utter praise based on the visuals alone, which I think is a rather dumb thing because movies and TV shows are about story-telling. The story itself isn’t really that wacky but the artsy way of showing the story doesn’t really make you care about the plot. It’s also technically a musical but there are a majority of moments where nobody sings at all, which is strange for the genre it’s suppose to be in. The Oscar favorite failed to win Best Picture and I really can see why.