La La Land tells the story of two young people aspiring to make it big in the extremely competitive entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz pianist whose passion is to make jazz popular again and start his own jazz club. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress trying to land TV or movie roles but also wants to star in her own play and her write her own script. Sebastian and Mia keep running into each other coincidentally, either at a restaurant or a coffee shop or a party, until it becomes only a matter of time until they fall in love with each other. This movie examines the joy and hardships of these two young people as success in their respective careers forces them to make difficult life decisions about their relationship.
If you have paid attention to the movie world at all during the last few months, than it shouldn’t be surprising that I think this movie is nothing short of phenomenal. This is also coming from someone who is big into the horror movie genre and tends to dislike romance/musical type movies in general. The perfect word to describe this movie is beautiful. The cinematography was outstanding and the musical tracks throughout this entire movie did a great job at complementing the emotions portrayed by the main characters throughout. The acting from Gosling and Stone was outstanding because they really did an excellent job at portraying the real life struggles and emotions that occur when you are forced to decide between your career and someone you love. I thought the ending was brilliant and really tied together the entire theme of the movie by examining the consequences of the choices that young people, who have their whole lives ahead of them, can make.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
My Rating: 9.5/10
This is one of those movies that everyone should see regardless of demographic or movie preference. I highly recommend it.