Film Club: “La La Land” Screening


Ariana Mehmeti, Staff Writer

On March 28th, 2024, the film club had another movie night in which they watched La La Land. I was excited to watch this movie because I have heard amazing things about it and have been told multiple times it would make me ball my eyes out and ruin me. 

Was I expecting to cry in a movie theater filled with people I barely know? Yes. Did I cry? No. But that is beside the point because the ending still made me very sad but we aren’t at that part yet. 

A brief synopsis of this movie is that it is based in Los Angeles and centered around two people, Mia and Sebastian. Mia wants to become a world-renowned actress, and Sebastian wants to own a Jazz club. Throughout the movie, we follow Mia and Sebastian’s love story and the story of how they obtain their dream careers. 

I enjoyed this movie. Honestly, it has to be in my top 10 favorite movies of all time because it was just that good. 

First, the cinematography of the film was fantastic. It was incredibly beautiful and truly made the movie what it was. My favorite scenes were the ones where Sebastian was playing piano and he was extremely into it to the point where he tuned out everyone around him. I loved how the movie made everything black around Sebastian and had a spotlight on him as if he was the only person in the room. 

Another part of this movie I loved is the usage of color throughout the movie. In the film, Mia is seen wearing the color blue most of the time, with Sebastian wearing red (and his car is red). Yet, when they begin their relationship and it is all sunshine and rainbows, we see that more pinks, purples, and oranges are shown. The colors in this film even foreshadow the ending of the film. In the scene where Mia and Sebastian are leaving in his purple car, we see them turn right, accidentally going the wrong way, and then go left with a yellow truck right behind them. In this movie, yellow represents careers and passions. This was foreshadowing the downfall of their relationship because their careers came in between the both of them. For example, Sebastian going on tour creates tension between him and Mia, and Mia eventually goes to Paris to become an actress. Their careers became more important to them than each other, without even realizing it. 

I also loved that La La Land paid tribute to old Hollywood movies. One of these scenes that showcases this tribute is when Mia and Sebastian are dancing under the streetlight. Another scene that showcases this is where Mia and Sebastian are walking through the movie sets and Mia mentions the many old Hollywood movies that were filmed there. 

I feel like a reason why I loved La La Land (and why others love La La Land) is because it depicts real relationships, almost like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but in Los Angeles and with music outbursts once in a while. 

This movie didn’t make me cry but it did make me want to go back and analyze every single little detail and I think you should too because it is a beautiful movie, you just need to watch it to believe me.

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