So a few weeks ago I saw La la land, and what a film it was. I knew nothing about the film about from that it was a musical. So I kind of went in the cinema thinking “Oh no not another cheesy musical”
Don’t get me wrong I love the old classical musicals such as Oliver, West side story, Annie, and who can forget about Cats. I used to watch Cats religiously as a kid on video and prance around pretending I was Rum Tum Tugger. Played by the marvellous John Partridge. And then trying not to cry when Elaine Paige sang memory to a very fragile Iconic John Mills. One of Richmonds most notable residents. I remember my Grandma showing me his house as a kid, and asking “Is that the girl from Pollyannas Dad?” Oh how kids think!
Back to the film I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen it, but it is pretty much the perfect dating setting filled with emotion, romance, and truth. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are the perfect casting for this modern yet classical musical. Not to forget their City of stars duet, and the unmissable John Legend.
What stuck out for me was the planetarium scene. Being a massive James Dean fan I thought it was cool as fuck that they used the iconic Griffith observatory in LA that were used in the cult classic Rebel without a cause. The very place they filmed the cinema scene, and of course the famous knife “I thought only Punks fought with knives.” It was the perfect mix of classic meets contemporary Hollywood, and a lovely tribute to a time long ago.
The musical ends with a sense of why didn’t they end up together. You know when you want to shout at the screen in confusion! But I get it, in the sense that not everything in romance ends in the obvious happiness you were expecting. After all something has to keep the audience on their toes right?
It’s not really a surprise that the movie won 24 awards in total including 6 Golden globes. What are you waiting for, if you haven’t already go check it out.