la la land: my thoughts

by - February 05, 2017

hello!


Unless you've been in outer space for the past couple of months I'm sure you've heard of the latest Hollywood smash-hit La La Land; it's already won several awards and has been nominated for many many more!

I saw the film two weeks ago so some of the more minor details have vanished from my head but I can still remember my favourite moments, I'm playing the soundtrack as I type and I know how the film made me feel.  I don't know why I didn't write this a couple of days after seeing the film but never mind, I still wanted to share my thoughts with you all, late as they may be!



Okay first of all can I just say that while I adore theatre and films in general I am a complete musical nerd! Like, love them, cannot get enough of them, 'I have a musical playlist that is two days long' type of musical nerd.  So singing and dancing and unrealistic dreaming scenes are right up my street!

La La Land is definitely a combination of jazz, old school style musicals, Hollywood, hope and the current film industry which is unique but results in a great film.  The opening scene was the perfect combination of today and yesterday and throughout the entire film there were so many sublte nods to older musicals which might have gone unnoticed if I hadn't seen them all countless times - just another reason why I'm over the moon about adding a new musical to my collection.

The costumes were so bright and colourful and, again, a wonderful mix of old Hollywood and newer fashion; I've decided I want to spend my life in the dresses that Mia/Emma and her friends wear at the beginning - in fact most of Mia's outfits are ones that are now making up my dream wardrobe!  This film is definitely one that maintains hope and brightness in every single way.


image taken from the playlist.net via google
Refering back to my "I'm a musical nerd" point earlier - the planetarium scene was beautiful.  The dancing, the costumes, the whole falling in love while being literally surrounded by a sky of stars; the entire scene was just done so well!  And as for the Planetarium song: one of the most beautiful piano pieces I've ever heard so please, even if you don't want to see the film- please just watch this scene or at least listen to the song.
Speaking of songs I have both the original score (composed by Justin Hurwitz) and the picture soundtrack and it's so freaking amazing I can't actually explain it.  Every single song - whether it's singing or simply musical/orchestral- is completely different but there are so many tiny themes that run throughout songs, linking them and tying various moments together and ahhhhhh it's so good.   On both albums I love each song for different reasons but my favourites on the Motion Picture Soundtrack are defininitely The Audition Song, Mia & Sebastians Theme & Planetarium while the my most played on the Score are the Credits song, Boise and It's Over / Engagement Party.  Their theme is actually one I'm planning on attempting to learn in a couple of weeks when I'm home with my keyboard!



As an aspiring actress / creative person this film spoke to me on a level that films rarely do; yes it's going to be hard and I should expect to get set-back after set-back and to get told "no thankyou" again and again but oh gosh I cannot and should not give up on my dream.  The audition song gave me goosebumps  - and maybe a couple of happy tears - and I've had it pretty much on non-stop repeat since; especially when all my housemates are out and I can screech sing along at the top of my voice.. - because it just so perfectly describes things in a way that I can use to explain to my housemates and friends that "this is why I love what I do, this is the feeling I get."

This film filled me with such happy and positive emotions and without giving away any spoilers (and despite other opinions I've seen) I absolutely loved the ending!  It made a refreshing change and the flash back dream sequence was so well done and truly demonstrated how much of our lives are directed by chance and how most moments have several possible paths.

If you haven't seen it then I truly recommend you do, and if you have then I hope you agree it's an amazing film!


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