Lost in “La La Land”

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Emma Stone as Mia in a scene from the movie “La La Land” directed by Damien Chazelle. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate/TNS)

Emily Badger

Whether you’ve watched “La La Land” one time or one dozen times, you will leave the theater with tears in your eyes and a song in your heart. The award-winning musical premiered Dec. 9 and has since become a cinematic favorite. From the captivating music to the dazzling set, viewers find themselves absorbed in love, jazz and Los Angeles.  

“La La Land” is told from the perspectives of Mia (Emma Stone) and Seb (Ryan Gosling), an aspiring actress and jazz connoisseur, as they navigate falling in love and following their dreams. The film also explores the theme of struggling artists in a city filled with stars.

Mia, despite being dedicated and determined, is constantly told she needs to find someone in the crowd to help kickstart her career. Seb, both cynical and charming, has had hopes of opening his own jazz club since he was young. Together, they find motivation to pursue their dreams, falling in love along the way.

Seb and Mia’s love blooms and blossoms alongside their budding careers. Once their success grows, they face conflict and compromise; ultimately, they leave each other so that the other can continue living their dream, a sure sign of their timeless love.

From the last note played to Seb’s last smile, “La La Land” leaves audiences craving love and mourning what Seb and Mia could have been.