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La La Land Review (2016) | An Exhilarating Dramatic Musical for Dreamers

If there’s a definition of astounding in your head, then La La Land simply surpasses it. It’s literally spellbinding! And we aren’t only going by the story here. The music, the setup, the acting, the metaphor, the screenplay, the editing, the choreography, everything has been given ample thought and scrutiny before the actual execution. And you can expect only a genius like Damien Chazelle to ace everything to perfection.

Theme of La La Land Movie

La La Land carries that quintessential dream every dreamer has. It is about not giving up even when the whole universe seems to be plotting against you. The flick is about following your dreams till the end, about you being willing to take risks and make colossal sacrifices to reach there. It being a musical is often sprinkled with gorgeous songs that are well executed and complemented by Justin Hurwitz‘s stunning compositions. Even whilst you listen to the Jazz play, you can’t help but time travel two years ago when Whiplash had showed up. Amazing exhilarating music!

image of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as Sebastian and Mia in La la land movie

Fascinating Drama (Spoilers Ahead)

La La Land will rip you apart, tear you down to a million pieces. It is so profound that it touches just the right chords. And it does so by its genteel build-up. There is that thrill of a growing relationship, the perfection that seems to have been made in the stars. It goes on like that, reflecting life, and when you are least prepared, it drops the real bomb on you. Climax becomes havocking all of a sudden. It leaves you grieving, forcing you to feel its pious pain. It ends up talking to your cheeks with those teary beads.

This is the dream! It’s conflict and it’s compromise. It’s very, very exciting!

It is when you listen to Ryan Gosling play his song “City of Stars” on the piano for the first time, that you understand the level of uprooting music La La Land packs in. It is sad, profound, soothing, and in a way really satisfying to listen.

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His character Sebastian‘s way of re-imagining a life with Mia played stunningly by Emma Stone is what gives the movie a gloomy punch. It is the most nerve-racking moment of the movie. You feel the sudden gush of emotions burst all dams when you realize Sebastian wished everything undone, unwritten and then rewritten in his memories with Mia in it. I ended up in tears. It’s really that profound.

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The Chemistry

Whilst there are movies that skip the chemistry to feast its plot, we get served a perfect one here. Both Sebastian and Mia create such a beautiful world that you forever stay on their high. There are metaphors galore that Chazelle uses via his songs. Like the time when they start flying in the air, even though they were actually sitting. They dance their way into the stars and cross galaxies together. It leaves things for viewer’s imagination, and it hits just the spot.

Ryan Gosling simply steals the show. There is something about him that captivates you almost instantly. You feel his pang, if he is sad. You feel his vibes when he is happy. Even when there is nothing to show but sarcasm, you feel him there too. He brings that uncontrived flair to his work that is just remarkable! When you watch him go psyched about Jazz, he makes you reflect on things that you have been passionate about all this time too.

You could just write your own rules. You know write something, that’s as interesting as you are.

Emma Stone is an equally great performer. Twice does she go into that full-blown acting mode, whilst giving those powerful auditions. The aura that she retains and the energy that binds her makes you want to give her a standing ovation every time she slithers into that mode. With that you just know the casting for La La Land was done perfectly.

The Final Verdict

La La Land deserves all the accolades! It is a movie that makes you want to retrace your dreams, inspires you to go after them. It’s romance acknowledges that perfect key that awaits your lock. It shatters you to pieces when it tries to showcase unfulfilled possibilities. Musical lover or not, it is a movie that needs to be immediately seen. Grab some tissues before watching this beauty of a movie.

 

The Sound of Music – A Movie that Never Grows Old | A Timeless Classic

There is something about The Sound of Music, that timeless musical drama that always manages to fill your heart with sheer goodies. A movie so beautiful it still puts us to shame, if we consider the kind of musicals that have been releasing lately. Nothing matches the level of emotions this movie was so profusely and effortlessly able to achieve.

A classical take right off the leaflet of Maria Von Trapp book, on the then prevalent World War backdrop, her life with the Captain and the children, with music so beautiful that it still makes you want to hum it non-stop.

BREAKING DOWN THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The thing that keeps you on your toes is its enchanting tale. You are always seeking what happens next. The rhythm is so beautiful, thanks to its ravishing editing, that it will keep you forever interested.

The pace of The Sound of Music is simply mind-boggling, as it rides on musicals to tell the tale in a majestic fashion. The songs, ah! The songs are so brilliantly written and sung with such harmonic voices that the flick becomes not only an affair for the eyes but an auditory delight too.

I must dream of the things I am seeking. I am seeking the courage I lack.

Every character in The Sound of Music is in a way so powerful that it is hard to ignore them. You take the elusive demeanour of Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp for instance. He is like a tough nut to crack. But there is nothing Julie Andrews as Maria can’t do. She brings out the dead music in him through the children, and he sings like a canary.

You take the innocence of Maria into account, her vexed comportment whenever she is wondering about her conscience, or when she is scouring for love in Captain’s eyes. You can’t help yourself falling for her.

Then there is the witty Max Detweiler portrayed by Richard Haydn who fathoms the talent of the children, but always stays in check whenever it inconveniences Captain. All the seven children who are outright adorable and in sheer need of love. Even the character of The Baroness played by Eleanor Parker is quite impactful. A jilted lover who fails to create ripples in the Captain’s heart.

SCREENPLAY OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC

There are beautiful conversations in the movie that are worth every penny in the world. Even simple dialogues of Maria and Mother Abbess played by Peggy Wood are so thoughtfully written that it is hard not to pay heed.

Still of Julie Andrews as Maria from The Sound of Music

This is what Maria has to say when Mother Abbess shows her disquiet of her getting lost in the mountains:

Mother, I could never be lost up there. That’s my mountain. I was brought up on it.

Captain’s flair is brimming up with a style that is rare to find in any generation of actors. He seems to have mastered his dialogues; so well rehearsed is his delivery that it is hard to pinpoint a morsel of error.

Activity suggests a life filled with purpose.

There are heartfelt conversations that are reflective of his state of mind, and he puts it all there. Thoughts that are going through his mind, and the things that cause his dissonance. When The Baroness asks him:

You are far away. Where are you?

He replies glumly:

In a world that’s disappearing I am afraid.

Still of Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music movie

LOVABLE BITS

The best part of the movie is when the searching eyes of children find Maria again, as she returns to face her fears. Her void is so depressing that it will bring tears to your eyes when you see them reunite. She is definitely one of the most powerful characters in The Sound of Music. In a way the movie constantly revolves around her.

There’s nothing more irresistible to a man than a woman who’s in love with him.

Another side plot of the movie, the Liesl and Rolfe story is an equally great tale, that unfortunately doesn’t come to fruition, on account of the War brainwash that Rolfe ends up succumbing to.

Sometimes I feel the world is coming to an end.

Liesl is young and is still learning and Maria as her mother teaches her the import of crying when things don’t pan out. She teaches her life’s most important lesson – the sun will always come out again.

THE FINAL CLIMAX

The fact that Robert Wise didn’t conclude his story the moment Captain and Maria find their love was also a bold decision. It goes on to show, Wise was wise enough to fathom there are far more important issues to be addressed than love alone.

To have ended it up all in a tragic set of events like Shakespeare would have been a blunt affair. Otherwise we might have seen Rolfe shooting Captain and the curtain closing right then. But this taken right from the books of Maria Von Trapp, a happy ending was already lurking in the corner. They make a narrow escape from the clutches of war and go on to live into the mountains.

Wise throws in an element of fear and a staid possibility lodged in his frames at all times during the final climactic juncture of the movie to keep everything as thrilling and ugly as the World War situation originally was.

I can’t thank Robert Wise and the writers enough to have helmed something so beautiful, moulding the tale of Maria Von Trapp into a musical feat.

THE ACCOLADE CORNER

The movie won countless awards out of which the Academy stood in the vanguard to felicitate it immensely. Academy awarded it with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Music accolades which were all well deserved, hands down.

The Sound of Music is such a rare classic that it can never be possibly forgotten.

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