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Our culture department is a split staff. It's not what you think it is, it's "La La Land".
We talk about movies all the time, but for some reason Emma Stone (as Mia, an aspiring actress) and Ryan Gosling (Sebastian, an aspiring jazz pianist), singing and dancing about love and careers, sparked passionate arguments. Some of us love "La La Land"; some of us really hate it.
So, with the Oscars coming up ("La La Land" isthere is favorite), we present our arguments. Read the discussion and let us know where you stand in the comments.
A visual poem, La La Land is a timely escape from all the stress, traffic, and division in our lives. You don't have to think too much; you're just lookingThe stars are beautiful. The songs are catchy.And the camera lifts you out of your seat and takes you on the ride. Oh, and that ending is surprisingly perfect.
– Mike Abrams, head of culture
What if instead of breaking up with Annie Hall and destroying half the parking lot, Alvy Singer learned to drive and took her to Griffith Observatory? This is how “La La Land” impressed me –a love letter to angelsWhatWoody Allen gives them in Manhattan, with fireworks exploding over the city (minus the Gershwin) and a romantic bench overlooking the Hollywood Hills instead of the Queensboro Bridge. I ♥ N.Y. but they have L.A. a ★.
— Dave Renard, assistant news editor
But he doesn't understand musicals.
I grew up swinging on utility poles and stepping in puddles a la Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain. I gave Fred Astaire his spoken word renditions of songs like "Cheek to Cheek" because he was the epitome of effortless grace.Ryan Gosling no es Fred Astaire.For music fans like me, "La La Land" is a disappointment. Yes, a new Hollywood musical is better than no new Hollywood musical. But the high hopes raised by the original opening number are dashed by the poor performance of its stars. Let's face it, they can't really sing or dance. And the novelty of seeing celebrities attempting this is wearing off fast. Emma Stone couldn't muster the vocal powerShe showedon stage as Sally Bowles in Roundabout's "Cabaret"? The producers couldn't have paired her with real stage talents like Sutton Foster andcolin donnel, oLaura BenantimiGavin Kreel🇧🇷 Too bad Broadway stars aren't blockbusters.
– Robin Pogrebin, arts reporter
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From the giant Hamilton to new musicals with a fresh sound like"mi"Caro Evan Hansen', Broadway is doing an amazing job in these days of innovation. But you wouldn't know if you saw the reactionary "La La Land." Given the relevant, specific, and (sometimes) challenging stories told on stage, backed by hit scores, La La Land falls far behind. Of course, the movie is a nice throwback. But if "La La Land" is any indication that movies will return to a musical style, let's hope Hollywood achieves what many fans of musical theater have come to expect:A musical can be more than a sweet dateescape music and dance; It can also be an opportunity to move up the form.
— Erik Piepenburg, Digital Theater Editor
And what about all those Oscar nominations?
There are better movies nominated for Best Picture than La La Land. (There's alsobest unnominated films.) But "La La Land" will win. Not only for what it is, but for what it is not. See the rest of the films nominated for the award. are mostlyhard and realistic storieswho look at life without flinching."La La Land" allows an escape,a dream, a fantasy that allows us a brief escape from this crazy world. And who doesn't want to run away sometimes?
— Ken Jaworowski, Editor
There's a lot to like and even a little to love. Dancing in the street? Unexpected and brilliant! Auditioning Mia in a nondescript room full of bored professionals? This is the real Hollywood. butAre these 14 Oscar nominations worth it?That matches the record set by All About Eve. (O.K. and Titanic, but the less said about it, the better.) I could see Bette Davis and company go bankrupt any day. "La La Land" is not "All About Eve."
— Stephanie Goodman, film editor
Hey, you're doing some things right.
"La La Land" is a worthy and welcome concept executed to perfection, until it becomes something amazing and grand. The film excels in its film music aspects, and yet these are the least distinctive elements. The problem isn't the lackluster singing and dancing skills of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; Your amateur efforts are delicious. The problem is the quality of the music and the earthy, almost understated choreography: good ideas in the right places, lacking in poetry, inspiration, pacing, or just zest to take the film to another level of fantasy. The film gets better as it softens its struggle to be a musical, right up until the very end, as it taps into the musical's approach to fantasy.deal an emotional blow.
— Brian Siebert, dance critic
I'm in the likes camp, which is not the jackpot of this Oscar turf war. While I enjoyed the callbacks to classic musicals, they make "La La Land" the tribute band you accept because the original group is no more. I don't understand how Seb goes on tour, sells out, but Mia, who gets picked up from a studio, doesn't. Or why the vibrant and diverse community I knew when I lived in Los Angeles largely disappears after the first dance number and a few jazz club scenes. But the film moved me in other ways as well. I jumped after seeing thisCafe Formosa signShe smiled throughout the dance sequence at Griffith Observatory and has yet to see the last dance number without gagging. There areno logical defenses here, just the thrill of feeling somethingNo cinema.
— Monica CastillostakeFilmdrehbuchautor
How's that for a shared reaction? For the first half, I thought I had finally found a contemporary film to take to my 93-year-old mother-in-law. Consuming the sweetness and fluff was like force-feeding cotton candy. But in the second half, as the musical numbers became less relentless and the character problems more real,I fell under the spell of La La Land.Part of what sold me was the chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling; He believed in them as lovers and wanted their characters to be together. But one of the reasons I ended up liking the movie is its unexpected ending: "La La Land" gently subverts the very tradition it seemed intended to embrace.
—Laurel Graeber, assistant editor
But it gets so bad
"La La Land" is too small a candy dish to hate. But it pisses me off, especially the way young Fugay's awareness grows, I only listen to vinyl for an artistic principle. 🇧🇷Oblique', whatever hurt the Merlot business, he had a sense of humor and insight into the oenophile goings-on of Paul Giamatti). is - you shouldn't appreciate it on its own, but in relation to the classic film musicals that it adores and references. The scene that best captures everything that bothers me about "La La Land" occurs when Mia visits Sebastian, who has landed a gig in a pop-jazz band with his old friend, played by John Legend. Seb plays a rousing synth riff, and Mia recoils and flees in moral horror at her betrayal, as if she's just carved a baby onstage.If playing a big synth solo, "La La Land," is wrong, I don't want to be right.
– James Poniewozik, television critic
As a fan of vintage ties, classic jazz, and revival houses, I discoveredImpossible not to be charmed by "La La Land", but it still annoyed me.There I was, rooting for nostalgia and loyalty to win the day and hoping Sebastian wouldn't sell himself out playing a crowd-pleasing fusion instead of the jazz he loves. But I did it while watching a unique Hollywood musical that decided to play it safe and cast a couple of charismatic movie stars instead of true triple threats who could actually sing and dance as well as act. 🇧🇷 It was a fusion musical. So while the movie played with alternate endings, I couldn't help but imagine my own. "La La Land" might have been a better pitch for the musical movie if he had had the courage to cast someone like him.Roberto Fairkind, the New York City Ballet star who recently filled Gene Kelly's big dancing shoes on Broadway in An American in Paris. He could have given the gorgeously filmed dream ballet a climax by conveying moments of, you know, dancing.
—Michael Cooper, classical music and dance reporter
All that noise, but not a drop of sweat! everybodyhoo-ha about jazz clubswithout a burning look! Sebastian is a jazz fan (and, oh, have you ever searchedthe origin of this word?) without perceptible libido. Mia is a struggling actress, too serious for seduction. At her big audition, she sings an ode to bohemian wrestling, singing "Here's the mess we make." But "La La Land" is spotlessly clean.
— Daniel McDermon, digital art editor
I loved two of the songs on "La La Land." Unfortunately, they were the ones he was destined to hate. The deliciously vulgar cover of "I Ran" from A Flock of Seagulls marks the first time in the film that Emma Stone actually comes to life: her hysterical dancing pairs perfectly with Ryan Gosling's bright red jacket and even brighter red keyboard (I have exactly the same model, by the way), which infuses the film with much-needed self-mockery and giddiness. Meanwhile, Seb begrudgingly plays John Legend's "Start a Fire" as if she's stabbing Hoagy Carmichael in the back, but there's a reason the crowd is going crazy. In trying to build scarecrows for Seb's traditionalism,The film inadvertently undermines his leadership.and, what is worse, have fun.
– Andrew Chow, reportero
just give up already
I've seen it twice and my fingers won't stop typing.The score is alive, the songs hum, the images are magnificent, the protagonists are irresistible and the opening (miend) unforgettable. "La La Land" plunges us into a dream and makes us reflect on what we value in life. It is a celebration of the creative process and the work it takes to become an artist. But it's amazing how he represents this fight. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's dance moves are sophisticated enough to admire what they put into them, yet realistic enough to relate to. And the expert execution on various technical levels makes it reasonable to deserve Oscar nominations across the board. This earned them scene after scene.
— Mekado Murphy, digital film publisher
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Their romance becomes strained due to physical and emotional distance that comes with the progression of their respective careers. Each step they make toward repairing the relationship somehow drives an even greater divide.What is the main message of La La Land? ›
An important theme in the film is the interconnection and larger patterns that shape life. Even though Mia and Sebastian are individuals with their own particular dreams, love, hopes and fears, there are greater patterns at work, and their lives are just two of many.Why La La Land is a good movie? ›
La La Land cannot go without mention of the musical score and cinematography, with Academy wins in both those categories. With components of impressive acting, an outstanding musical score, and stunning cinematography, La La Land is one of the best films ever produced.Does La La Land have a good ending? ›
While it may not be the happy romantic ending people desired, it is certainly a happy ending regarding all the ups and downs we witness from the both of them as they try to reach success. La La Land's ending is still bittersweet for many, and it is certainly played that way.Did Mia and Sebastian love each other? ›
Over a song-and-dance-filled two hours, Sebastian and Mia meet and fall in love. While they fight and reconcile, ultimately they don't end up together.Did Sebastian and Mia end up together? ›
The film is beautiful but the ending heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking because Mia and Sebastian's relationship has ended. We saw this beautiful connection between the two which ended without explanation. At one point, Mia and Sebastian are saying they love each other and always will.What does La La Land teach us about life? ›
It's a story of hope, hard work, disappointment, resilience, creativity, and learning. La La Land takes viewers on a musical, whimsical journey as it spins the story of an aspiring actress and a struggling jazz pianist chasing their dreams.What is the conflict in La La Land? ›
The conflict in La La Land is between ambition and compromise. The plot explores how love requires compromise and sometimes cannot be pursued without compromising on one's ambitions. Seb and Mia love each other but their careers have two different paths.What does yellow symbolize in La La Land? ›
YELLOW - Change is Coming
Yellow is one of the colours that people identify with the film, being the colour of Mia's dress on the poster from the famous contemporary jazz routine that Mia and Seb perform as they show their first sign of attraction for one another.
'La-la land' isn't listed on maps, but the label does refer to a real place, that is, Los Angeles, which is of course widely referred to as L.A. The expression has taken on a meaning built partly from the place name and partly from the supposed frivolous and eccentric behaviour of the city's movie community.
Age Appropriate For: 13+. This musical about two artists falling in love in Los Angeles has some kissing, unmarried characters living together, some drinking, and one use of the f-word and some rude gestures.Who is the villain in La La Land? ›
Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) are the villains of La La Land. They are both sociopaths. They are consistently inconsiderate to each other and everyone else around them.Did Mia and Sebastian have a baby? ›
The first hint that things haven't turned out exactly like we thought they would comes when we learn that Mia has a baby — really? Then we meet the baby's father, a man who is emphatically not Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), the jazz musician with whom Mia's shared a rocky love affair over the course of the film.What is the best ending of all time? ›
- 8/10 The Notebook.
- 7/10 Eyes Wide Shut.
- 6/10 Fargo.
- 5/10 The Godfather.
- 4/10 Se7en.
- 3/10 Psycho.
- 2/10 Titanic.
- 1/10 The Shawshank Redemption.
“La La Land”: A Cinematic Masterpiece About Love, Ambition, and Following Your Dreams. While the character development and cinematography is exceptional, what makes this movie sing is the music and instrumentals. They're mesmerizing and beautiful.Where does Sebastian want Mia to go with him? ›
P. 56–61 SEBASTIAN asks her to come to BOISE but MIA can't because she has to rehearse. They agree they have to do things to see each other and MIA wants to know when he's done with the tour.Who did Mia marry in La La Land? ›
Mia wrote a one-woman play named So Long Boulder City. She dates Greg at the beginning of the movie until she breaks up with him to date Sebastian Wilder, an aspiring jazz music player who helps her achieve her acting dream. Eventually, she marries a man whose name is David.Can Ryan Gosling actually play piano? ›
Mia and Sebastian went their separate ways because they both pursued what they thought was right for their own lives and each other's. Maybe if they'd stayed together they would've been bitter about never having the chance to reach their potential.Is La La Land sad ending? ›
The ending is heartbreaking. The film is beautiful but the ending heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking because Mia and Sebastian's relationship has ended. We saw this beautiful connection between the two which ended without explanation.
After a leading role in the Netflix dark comedy miniseries Maniac (2018), she reduced her workload, starring in the sequel Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) and the crime comedy Cruella (2021). Stone is married to comedian and writer Dave McCary, with whom she has a daughter.What is the moral of the story in the Book of Life? ›
At its core, The Book of Life is a love story based on the Day of the Dead. What makes it unique is that it goes way beyond romantic love. It speaks to how we can love, with joy, those we have lost. It speaks to the love we feel for all those pesky people who are still alive but sometimes difficult to love.
La La Land is about discovering one's own personal passion and fighting through the ups and downs of your goals regardless of how it might affect romantic relationships. It would have been far too much of a happily ever after if Chazelle had gone the saccharine route and wrote Mia and Sebastian to end up together.Is La La Land emotional? ›
Damien Chazelle's La La Land was a romantic musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The movie is full of emotional quotes like these. When people think about La La Land, they might be automatically drawn to the incredible music that takes place throughout the musical.Is La La Land a comedy or a tragedy? ›
La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a struggling jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, respectively, who meet and fall in love while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles.Is La La Land a feminist film? ›
It is even fairly feminist in that Mia instigates the relationship, pursuing Sebastian several times until he allows himself to be won. But as the movie progresses, its division of focus along gender lines becomes troublingly skewed.Who is the protagonist in La La Land? ›
The film's pair of protagonists, Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), are both classic starving artists: Mia hopes to be an actress, while Sebastian is a jazz musician who wants to revive the form.What does the color red mean in La La Land? ›
In La La Land, red is used as a manifestation of reality; a way to either wake characters up to the truth they're living, or dangle the promise of something greater above them.What does the color green symbolize in La La Land? ›
The downfall of their relationship is surrounded in green: jealousy, mistrust, a twisted variant of the purple we love. The color in “La La Land” comes to a head throughout the final fantasy sequence.Who is the girl in the yellow dress in La La Land? ›
Reshma Gajjar, now called 'the girl in yellow',has become the face of the opening sequence of the award-winning musical. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's La La Land has many remarkable visuals that stay with the viewers long after they leave the theatre.
The original name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula" (in English, "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the River Porciúncula"), giving it both one of the longest and shortest (referring to its shortening of "LA") place names in the world.Is La La Land a real thing? ›
La La Land is not a true story, as much as romance lovers might want to think it is. At a press conference during the Venice Film Festival, via IndieWire, Chazelle described the film as "fantasy." And it's not hard to see why.Why is LA so popular? ›
Hollywood stars, the TV & movie industries, and gorgeous beaches all make LA a famous city and a popular vacation spot.Is 11 Year Old appropriate? ›
Great film, but not for kids under 13
It's very gory and contains adult language.
Jumping from 12 years old to 30 years old is only a good idea in theory … and on film. Rated PG. Recommended for ages 10 & up.
Despite the scary, disturbing and otherwise crass content present in the Netflix original series, “Stranger Things,” the show still holds a TV-14 rating.Why was Emma Watson replaced in La La Land? ›
Watson, in an interview with SiriusXM's Town Hall on Friday, explained that the reason she had to leave La La Land is very simple: she just didn't have enough time.Who are the two main characters in La La Land? ›
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love.
Shia LaBeouf is sharing details about his baby for the first time. In a letter to his former Don't Worry Darling director Olivia Wilde, published by Variety on Friday, the 36-year-old actor revealed that he and wife Mia Goth are parents to a 5-month-old daughter named Isabel.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Mia and Sebastian's relationship starts out this way. They first meet when she flips him off in traffic, and they continue sparring through "A Lovely Night," which is all about how there's absolutely no chemistry between them.Are Viola and Sebastian Twins Shes the Man? ›
When Cornwall cuts the soccer team from their program, and refuses to allow Viola to try out for the boys team, Viola poses as her twin brother Sebastian, who is away in London for a couple of weeks. She enrols at his new school Illyria (Cornwall's soccer rival) so she can try out for their soccer team.Why is the ending so important? ›
The ending is the most important part of a dramatic narrative: The ending is the part of a drama in which the conflict between the story's protagonist and whatever antagonistic force is standing in the way of the protagonist achieving his primary motivating goal comes to a head and is finally resolved.What movie has the saddest ending? ›
- Bicycle Thieves (1948)
- Requiem for a Dream (2000)
- The Champ (1979)
- Philadelphia (1993)
- Field of Dreams (1989)
- Terms of Endearment (1983)
- Love Story (1970)
- The Godfather Part III (1990)
The series finale of M*A*S*H was the most-watched American TV broadcast in history until the 2010 Superbowl, with its final episode “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” attracting a staggering 105 million viewers, almost half the entire U.S. population at the time.Does La La Land have an alternate ending? ›
Then in a beautiful musical sequence which shows Mia stumbling upon Sebastian's Jazz Club and sees him playing “their song” on the piano again, the movie takes the viewers back in time, to an alternate ending in which Mia and Sebastian ultimately do end up together.Why is La La Land different from other musicals? ›
It's hard to watch Damien Chazelle's jazzy work without hearkening back to the films of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly. But La La Land differs from its ancestors in one notable way: It contains fewer instances of characters singing songs than most musicals in history.What makes a masterpiece film? ›
A “masterpiece” is a film that “[captures] a moment in time and emotion that sticks in the hearts and minds of the culture, and where any alteration would make the movie 'less,'” reasoned Wolfe.Can Ryan Gosling really play piano? ›
Ryan Gosling plays piano — no finger doubles
Gosling spent four months learning how to play the piano every day to get to a level that would make his jazz musician character Sebastian convincing.
Mia & Sebastian's Theme (From "La La Land")
Orsino is in love with the Countess Olivia, and sends Viola to court her for him, but Olivia falls for Viola instead. Sebastian arrives, causing a flood of mistaken identity, and marries Olivia. Viola then reveals she is a girl and marries Orsino.Why does Olivia give Sebastian a pearl? ›
Later, when she mistakes Sebastian for Cesario, she gives him a precious pearl. In each case, the jewel serves as a token of her love—a physical symbol of her romantic attachment to a man who is really a woman. The gifts are more than symbols, though.
Viola was travelling with her twin brother, Sebastian. They were separated when their ship got into trouble and sank at sea and she believes her brother has drowned.What is stranger things theme called? ›
A "sketch" that was originally titled "Prophecy" was later developed into the show's theme. In all, just under 14 hours of music was produced for the show over the course of one year.What personality type is Sebastian from La La Land? ›
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Sebastian is a free spirit. He doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, which results in common outbursts of inferior Te bluntness and lack of appreciation for the people who do take an interest in his jazz music.What level is Mia and Sebastian's theme? ›
Mia & Sebastian's Theme from "La La Land" by Justin Hurwitz Piano Sheet Music | Advanced Level.Who is Mia's husband in La La Land? ›
After nailing a big audition, striving artist Mia (Stone) earns the opportunity of a lifetime. Cut to five years later, when La La Land reveals her as a rich, successful actress. She's got a daughter now and her husband is played by Tom Everett Scott, who portrayed a fellow jazz-loving drummer in That Thing You Do!Are Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling still friends? ›
Justin Timberlake And Ryan Gosling, Former Roommates, Are Definitely Not Pals. Justin Timberlake is pop's longstanding triple-threat of choice, and between NSYNC, his solo career, and his acting reel, he's got a stacked résumé to prove it.Is Ryan Gosling a trained dancer? ›
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are not professional dancers, though he has more technique and style than she does.What trope is Mia and Sebastian? ›
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Mia and Sebastian's relationship starts out this way. They first meet when she flips him off in traffic, and they continue sparring through "A Lovely Night," which is all about how there's absolutely no chemistry between them.
Sebastian Wilder (Ryan Gosling)