La La Land is a story of a struggling Actor, Mia (Emma Stone) and a dedicated but struggling pianist, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). The movie is about dreams and goals with high poetic touch.
La La Land has equalled Titanic movie’s record of 14 nominations for the Oscar awards. No wonder. The dialogues, the music, the songs, the acting, the screenplay, the acting: everything is so perfect! And this one is my favourite dialogue 😉
Firstly, I found the movie had an inspired touch of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by the Woods”, that metaphorically was apparent from the choices Sebastian made while choosing his career. In the screenplay, he actually stopped by the woods. Not to mention, the poem by Robert Frost is one of my favourites, and this definitely matched the analogy. Have a look at the poem and food for thought if all this is true.
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
While the movie might appear to be predictable from the start, it eventually ends up taking a huge turn and leaves the audience awestruck. All of a sudden, in the climax, the simplicity of the movie turns into a heart-aching storyline. The ending of the movie isn’t happy; it’s real. The touch of reality in the movie has made it more beautiful and meaningful.
In the last part, while Mia was in the traffic, in her car, it was the beautiful portrayal of another famous poem by Robert Frost- “The Road not Taken”.
Mia could’ve left her dream for her love, instead, she chose to follow her dream. And that! that made all the difference. Have a look at the poem by Robert Frost and tell me if all this doesn’t add up.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
Be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves, no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
La La Land is one of the best movies, I personally have ever watched. Period.