As I sit here listening to the sound track for the tenth time after only seeing it last night, it just puts me in a good mood…or though I can’t say the same for my house mates.
‘“La La Land” is set in contemporary Los Angeles, but its heart and soul are rooted in the past, and so are its characters: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a sleek jazz pianist in silk ties who’s a cranky purist about what he listens to, what he plays, and where he plays it, and Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress and playwright who’s deep into the magic of the old movie stars, though she’s a tad less obsessive about her fixation.’
Owen Gleiberman –Chief Film Critic
I wont give away the plot as I recommend you all go see it for your self, however I will talk about the look and feel of the movie. Captivating, romantic and funny. The writer/ director, Damien Chazelle pays homage to the mood and styling of the 40’s and mainly the 50’s through the clothes, soundtrack and cinematography.
What first stood out to me was the primary colored, poster paint ambiance of the film. Each scene is tailored and colour coordinated to the last and is beautiful to watch. As anyone interested in fashion would, I looked up who was the costume designer for film and what their inspiration was.
“I wanted women in the audience to be wooed by Ryan, and the men to feel romantic about Emma,” says costume designer Mary Zophres.
Zophres most definitely achieves this. The retro yet fashionable look of the clothes is stunning. What’s interesting is Mia only wears skirts or dresses the whole way through the film, slightly unrealistic perhaps but romantic over all. The set design and costume design weave together to make the language of the film.
And lastly all this singing and dancing. I watched The Graham Norton show just a few days prior to seeing the film, he is joined by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. In this interview it was revealed that Gosling learnt to play the piano purely for this film and he is spectacular! His own hands are playing the whole way through the film… just another thing for us all to swoon over. In addition to this, the male-female dynamic and chemistry is, as always, on fire. The chemistry is shown purely through dance, with not a sex scene in sight, illustrating the power of dance and choreography.
So move aside Grease, and get your selves down to your local cinema to experience this dreamy story because I think it’s a new musical classic.