Nostalgia in Film

Musicals are tricky. Because they’re not super popular like Star Wars or Harry Potter, there’s a financial risk involved with it. When done properly, however, they’re worth the risk.

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La La Land’s premise is almost too simple, following two love-struck artists struggling to make it in Los Angeles. Through failed auditions and soul crushing record deals, Mia and Sebastian’s dreams are what carry them through their time together. They challenge each other to be true to their passions, even when the unforgiving nature of show business beats them into the ground.

La La Land is one of those movies that’s great because of how it was made more than the story itself. Most of the songs are done in one uncut take, which adds a certain energy to each scene. Costumes and locations are designed in such a way to infuse the urban sprawl of L.A. with bright nostalgia, paying homage to classic films and iconic landmarks around the city. Ryan Gosling had to learn to play piano for the film. Emma Stone and Gosling were both singing on set. The effort that went into making this movie shows, and that’s probably why it works as well as it does.

It’s rare to find a movie-musical that’s so grounded, positive, and all around inspiring to dreamers everywhere. Flitting between whimsical and painful with relative ease, the movie is engaging from start to finish. The characters are somewhat lacking in true depth, but the theme of dreaming in spite of all is a driving force into this movie and somehow more timely than ever.

I’ll keep it short this week, seeing as the actual story isn’t all that complicated. If you get the chance to check out La La Land, I highly encourage it.


If you’ve seen La La Land, let me know what your thoughts are. Share if you liked it!


I’m always looking for new stories, no matter the medium. If you know of any great books, movies, or video games that you absolutely love, let me know in the comments and, if I haven’t checked it out, I’ll add it to the list!