by Katie Masterson
When La La Land hit theaters on December 9th, 2016, and anticipation had already been building for a strange, yet entrancing film that stood out amongst the current romantic-dramatic lineup. After months and months of anxious awaiting, teaser trailers, and junket interviews, entering the theater was the highlight of the year for most of the movie’s audiences. Little did I know that buying that ticket was equivalent to buying a key to the sets and scenes of old Hollywood.
Filmed in CinemaScope a technique to make the actors seem as though they are being filmed on stage, La La Land, takes its audiences back to the golden years of Hollywood, which for many was a glossy trip down memory lane. Directed by Damien Chazell, La La Land centers around two struggling artist, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and their blossoming careers and love. For many the love between these two beautiful characters was enough to make the movie enjoyable, but for those of us who know what being an artist is like the movie also played on those heartstrings as well.
Racking up 7 Golden Globes and becoming the most recognized movie by the award ceremony since the 1970s, La La Land is highly acclaimed, having made 98.4 million dollars already. The movie incorporates both the cinematic sophistication of any top film, as well as music to illustrate the story line, good enough for every musical theater performer’s standards – not to mention its loving ode to a dying genre – jazz – which many love and now even more respect.
The cinematography for the film, along with its costuming and scenery make the movie pop off the screen without 3D lenses. The actors already awarded for their phenomenal performances make the characters relatable so much so that after 2 hours the audience is fully invested in their success as a couple and as people in a world that is always turning.
For someone like me it takes a lot for me to show emotion at a film, but after Ryan Gosling (who yes did really play the piano) hit the last note of the musical movie, I cried, for the momentary glimpse at a lifetime of movies that helped shape generations was over and done. This movie will forever go down in history as one of my favorites, due to its timeless love story and it’s ability to transport the 21st century back to a time where music,dancing, love and creativity were widely accepted and embraced.