La La Land review


Valerie Sanchez-Cervera, Editor & Co-web admin

The movie La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle, earned a record-tying 14 nominations for the Oscars, the number ties with Titanic and All About Eve for the most number of nominations for a single film.
In the beginning of the movie, traffic is at a standstill on the freeway leading into downtown Los Angeles. Then, out of nowhere, instead of the people sitting in their cars, they get out and begin dancing and singing.
The film then continues and Mia, played by Emma Stone, is an actress who moved from Nevada to Los Angeles in order to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood starlet. After Mia’s casting, she seems disappointed because the casting directors were not paying attention to her and soon dismissed her. After getting home upset her friends pursue her to go out, then after a while of not enjoying herself Mia leaves the party and as she walks through the streets, because her car got towed, she hears a sound and goes through the door to find someone playing the piano; another main character is introduced, Sebastian got fired from his job as a musician and a restaurant and when Mia tries to engage in a conversation with him, he immediately dismisses her.
Although the plot is not prevalent in the beginning of the film, the story develops as the characters also develop and continue to pursue their careers.
Choreography and the music are vital for this film to be a well-known musical. Mandy Moore the choreographer of La La Land calls obtaining the job as a choreographer for the film, “the Super Bowl of my career. It was so nice to work with somebody [Director Damien Chazelle] who, from Day 1, never wavered from his vision,” she says, “but at the same time was always collaborative.
“It was interesting to try to find ‘shapes’ that didn’t feel too cliché.”
— Mandy Moore
Chazelle had many collaborators who were in sync in order to meet the project’s aims. Composer Justin Hurwitz, provided the tunes, mostly jazz, with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul supplying the lyrics. Production designer David Wasco and costume designer Mary Zophres collaborated with touches of the old and new in an elegant way, while choreographer Mandy Moore had stylistic choreography, all of these collaborators were vital in order for Chazelle to achieve the goal of his vision, which was to accept and introduce vintage goods to society.