I wish to start writing and sharing my ideas and opinions on the things I love the most, among the others music, books, traveling and cinema. I grew up being addicted to these categories of “hobbies”, and I can proudly consider them the most relevant part of my life. Speaking of cinema, I went to see LA LA LAND yesterday night, and my life is not going to be the same ever again.
The land of dreamers
To start, I have to tell you that I’m not going to make anything like a detailed review or a technical report about the movie, I’m not capable. I will avid spoilers, and I will talk to you about the feelings and whether I would suggest the film or not. I think I’ll adopt this technique as my go to one.
La La Land made me cry, I cried very very much. I went to see it with one of my best friends, and even if I think we’re both going through some weirdly sensitive phase in which we cry for no reason at all, the story is so touching you must be heartless not to feel something. We were in an almost empty theatre, and we saw it in original version with subtitle (for which we had to pay extra, something unacceptable in 2017 in Italy, as if watching a movie in its original version was a privilege). Not paying attention to this detail, we sat and started watching. We were both looking forward to it, my sister and her girlfriend ( who are both smart and truly passionate about cinema, so I rely on their opinion without second thoughts) had told us it was amazing, and the reviews were great.
The movie has obtained such a success, that it is predicted to be the winner of most awards at this year’s oscars, having already beaten the competition at the SAG and they have the critics and the audience by their side. Fairly, let me add.
The colors and the settings are wonderful, with a palette that is able to reflect the feelings of the characters and the situation in a perfect way. The places, well the places are pretty much a dream for someone who is not from LA or California like my sad self. I really liked the colors of the sky, and how important they are for the working of the entire scene. The costumes, the hairdos, the cars; I love how the remind you of late 50s America.
Moving to the actors, two perfect human beings are the main characters of this delicate, dreamy and still realistic musical. Emma Stone is bright, funny, and let me say, a blooming spring. She brought to life a character, Mia, that is so easily comparable to her in real life. You can’t distinguish the moment she’s fully Mia and not Emma as well, she’s natural and fierce. Ryan Gosling was tailored for this role, not that he was not for all the other roles he has had throughout his career. He is the proof that handsomeness is ABSOLUTELY nothing without amazing talent in the acting world. He is beautiful, sweet, and a perfect dancer as well.
There is nothing that can help you from recognizing that this musical, yes, a movie where actors sing and dance, is a little masterpiece to which dreamers can feel linked to. Dreamers of every of all kinds, those who still smile when they see a sun ray after a long day of rain, who believe that luck exists, but you have to work hard because it doesn’t come uncalled. Poets, painters, singers, writers, artists, people who believe in love and those who’re still able to be kind and polite in a world that is so rude sometimes.
Harshness and bad times are part of life, but as long as you listen to the music that comes from the inside of each of us, there’s going to be hope.
Believe me, tears of joy and disappointment are going to mix on your chicks. It is not an unbearably sweet and sickening happy-ending film. No, not at all.