La La Land

La La Land is a 2016 musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as two people who meet one another and fall in love. Mia played by Emma Stone is an actress struggling to make a living for herself. She auditions constantly but is rejected by the judges. Ryan Gosling plays Sebastian who is a pianist also struggling to make a living. Sebastian is fired from his job and joins a band called The Messengers led by John Legend.

Sebastisan goes on tour with the band leaving Mia behind at home. Their relationship becomes compicated and they break up. Five years pass and Mia marries another man. Mia happens to stop by Sebastian’s club with her husband. Mia has a flashforward about her and Sebastian’s life if they had gotten married. She sees Sebastian; they smile at one another and the film ends.

I think La La Land is a masterpiece and my favorite musical since West Side Story. La La Land won 6 Academy Awards: Best Actress, Emma Stone; Best Director, Damien Chazelle; Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Original Musical Score; and Best Original Song: City Of Stars.

Joe Schiedel

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