La La Land is an absolute pleasure to watch. Filled with catchy and beautiful music, the movie is a true piece of escapism. It takes us into the world of Mia and Sebastian as they struggle to make it as an actress and a jazz musician.
After meeting several times by chance, the spark finally catches between these two. Their relationship also examines the fine line between making it and selling out- a line that doesn’t exist sometimes, or only in the eye of the beholder.
The movie definitely has a healthy dose of nostalgia in it. It purposefully recalls and pays homage to the musicals that came before it- from it’s primary color schemes and it’s cute tap dancing- to it’s painted sets and floating figures, La La Land grounds itself in its history, making it all the richer.
Yet, at the same time, the musical manages to stay fresh and modern. It never bogs the viewer down in too much sugary-ness, too much perfection, or too many songs about perfect love. In fact, it goes out of its way to acknowledge that love is not perfect by any means, and shows it.
The musical also has some great comedic moments and dialogue. One of my personal favorites is Sebastian’s propensity to lean on the horn of his car to get Mia’s attention.
Overall, this is probably one of my favorite movies of the year, and definitely one of my favorite musicals.