27 June 2017

”La La Land"

Harking back to the days of the Hollywood musicals, La La Land follows the lives of two young people pursuing their respective dreams. Mia Dolan (Emma Stone) is a budding actress struggling to impress at her auditions, while Sebastian Wilder (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz musician trying to escape from playing mediocre piano in a restaurant.

The two first meet during the signature opening sequence of the film, a lively spontaneous song and dance routine by a group of people stuck in a traffic jam. They in fact exchange a bit of road rage! Mia next encounters Sebastian when she hears him playing while walking past a restaurant. She goes in, only for him to brusquely push past her after being sacked for improvising some jazz during what should have been Christmas tunes. But, this being La La Land, they of course eventually get together.

There follows the highs and lows of seeking fame in LA, while the couple treat us to some romantic song and dance. Mia's fortunes improve after what was on the face of it a disastrous self-written one-woman play, while Sebastian joins a jazz band and similarly finds success, but in so doing moves away from the pure jazz he so loves. Mia and he fall out over his decision and they decide to pursue their own futures.

Five years later they meet again, but much has changed. At this point we are all wanting them to get back together, but La La Land has one last surprise for us.