A Jazz pianists who fall for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Definitely a feel-good movie despite not having that typical love story pattern we’re used to see. With the right blend of traditional and modern filming styles, La La Land is an exceptional, beautifully written, well-acted movie of the year.
It may not be as astounding as Director Damien Chazelle’s previous work on Whiplash (2014), La La Land on the other hand has its own spectacle through its vibrant colors, wonderful actors and songs or music that will either uplift you or will make you sober, even make you cry.
Ryan Gosling, considered one of the most sought after actors of this time, teamed up with this beautiful and talented Emma Stone, and what we have is a chemistry that is undeniably effective.
The image below is actually my favorite of Emma Stone as Mia, she looks so gorgeous, very attractive and hot, just not sure if it was just the blue dress or anything else.
I love the way that the film raise your hopes so high but will break you down in a snap. Viewers may hate the ending, but I do like it, not because of anything else, but because the film only sets the ending for us to realize that romance or true love isn’t always defined by “Happily Ever After”.
La La Land may be old-school, but it definitely has some class.
Director: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash 2014)
Main Cast: Emma Stone ; Ryan Gosling ; J.K. Simmons ; John Legend
Genre: Musical ; Drama ; Comedy ; Romance
Release Year: 2016 / 2017
- Ryan Gosling, after taking hours of piano lessons, was able to personally play the piano during filming without the use of CGI or hand-double.
- John Legend says he’s jealous as to how fast Ryan Gosling was able to learn to play piano.
- Emma Watson turned down the role of Mia for Beauty And the Beast (2017) while Ryan Gosling turned down the role of the Beast for La La Land.
- The song “When I Wake” by Justin Hurwitz was first featured in the movie Whiplash (2014) .
- The freeway used in the opening sequence is the same freeway for the bus jump scene in the movie Speed (1994).
- The crew only has 30 minutes for two days to shoot the purple twilight Hollywood dance sequence.
- Emma Stone as well her character as Mia are both school dropouts.
- The lady requesting for a refund in the pastry shop is the director’s wife, Olivia Hamilton.
- The canary-yellor color dress was intended as a stand-by for dance rehearsals, but Stone liked it and decided to use it for the film.
- One reason for the title is due to its location, which is Los Angeles or LA for La La Land.
- When Mia is writing her one woman play a character is seen as Genevieve, a refence to Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964), of which this movie is inspired.
- In the opening sequence, it can be seen that some cars have dents on its roof, most likely due to earlier dance rehearsals.
- “Caveau de la Huchette”, a traditional Parisian Jazz place, can be seen as a neon facade in the dream sequence.
- Part of the opening sequence has a Christmas theme, however, Mia’s phone is set for January 25.