La La Land (With Spoilers)

This music based film keeps the old jazz of music and the spirit of LA life alive. At the same time, its given a showtune spin to capture the modern audience. I hope the young who are not familiar with song and dance are drawn in and turned on.

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People under 20 may not know of showtunes. this film is put together in such a way that it really promotes that music. Its likely to expose a lot more to the beauty and finesse of it. The tap dance number at dawn is truly a perfect scene. My favorite part is when her cell phone rings, a very fitting signal of return to reality.

I guess in many ways these two are in “La la land.” They are in love and not thinking about the future. The problem is that as one gets closer to her dreams, the other has to follow or go his own way. Its an argument for not getting too attached until you are close enough to your dreams.

The jazz piano and other instruments burn up the audio. Its great watching Gosling’s character work toward his goal of having his own club. Both lovers are exceptionally driven: She for her acting and he for his jazz club. It raises the question if what would you choose: live or your life’s passion? I like choice movies.

About 2/3 in, it got boring at times. I think at over 2 hours it could have been edited much shorter. What starts as fun and la la becomes a bit cumbersome and morose. It finally reemerges as happy again but we’re no longer in La La Land. We must live with the consequences of walking away from love for the sake of a dream. It’s tough, at the end, there wasnt a dry eye in the place. Below are photos I took of the world famous Arclight, Pasadena.

Author: Damien Riley

I write film reviews & record 2 film podcasts: The Damien Riley Podcast and Talking Stars. Thanks for reading and listening, see you at the movies!

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