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La La Land- A mesmerising place to land in |

By Preeti Vyas |

There are certain kinds of movies – either they blow your mind away with the plotted sequence filled with thrillers or keep you bound in small segments of subtle hints till the last hour climax plays. But there are few which play with your thoughts and perception and make you think, while you constantly smile in front of the screen, for the effortless charm it creates. ‘La la Land’ is one of those pieces of art. With the starting sequence, you are swayed into the era of those movie musicals, where every emotion gets expressed in those beautifully woven words and progressive dance sequence.

There are certain things about these constant-paced movies that, the maker grabs the heart of the viewer and he doesn’t even know till it ends. Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) are none other than the dreamers that we are, seeking their place to strive, escaping from the monotonous life not meant for them. But they suffer this dilemma too – growing up and settling as per other’s whim or following one’s call, which the heart makes. Emma plays a struggling actress, earning her living, being a barista, while Ryan plays a Jazz lover who wishes to open his own place to preserve the music in its original form.

Love, pain, expectation and reality all are stitched together in a beautiful storyline, which progresses with the brilliant music fragments running in the background.

‘Behind these hills,
I’m reaching for the heights
And chasing all the lights that shine
And when they let you down
You’ll get up off the ground
As morning rolls around
And it’s another day of sun.’

The movie starts with a musical sequence played in a traffic jam -‘Another day in the sun’. To the viewers, it’s like a hit back that movie musicals are back in contemporary era and they are just traveling into one.

‘City of stars,
Are you shining just for me?
City of stars,
There’s so much that I can’t see
Who knows?
I felt it from the first embrace I shared with you
That now our dreams
They’ve finally come true.’

‘City of stars’- is the best pick from the movie. When you see Sebastian singing it with passionate keystrokes and Mia completing each line, while going through a strange turn of events, you plunge deep into that place filled with varied emotions of love.

‘She told me
A bit of madness is key
To give us to color to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that’s why they need us,
So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays
And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy, as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess we make’

‘The fools who think’ unexpectedly starts in the audition scene, where Mia is asked to tell a story. It gives an emotional connection to everyone who is struggling for their aspirations.

But apart from all these, the thing that I loved the most is the throwback sequence. ‘What if?’ – What if we had taken some other lane, what if we succeeded in our first love, what if we had just done the spur of the moment thing. These questions roam in everyone’s mind and the maker has justified these thoughts into a pretty imposing manner, with which the movie ends.

So, if you want to go into a two-hour long journey to find peace in your chaotic lives ‘La La Land’ is what it takes.

Feature image: Slash Film

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