3 Lessons From La La Land
The movie La La Land is the rage right now, after winning seven Golden Globe awards. The movie broke the record for the most awards won by a single movie at the Golden Globes. What a great accomplishment. Yet, even with all the wonderful praise there will still be some people who will not see it simply because they do not like musicals. I have talked to several friends about the movie and I got that reaction from many of them.
La La Land is not just a musical. It has a wonderful story line and it is a technically excellent film. To categorize it as just a musical really does not do it justice. If you watch closely, there are several life lessons. I am going to list four that really stuck out to me. There are probably more.
- The movie starts off with Winter and makes it's way through all the seasons. Everyone's life is made up of seasons. We go through so many changes, different jobs, even the people in our lives change from time to time. In the movie, we see Mia and Sebastian finally connect and the audience thinks, "finally." But, they are really only together for that season of their lives, then they move on to a new season.
- The world needs dreamers. The world would be a much different place if there were no dreamers. Think about it, what would the world be like without people like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, and so many others who's dreams have enriched the lives of countless people. In the film, when Mia goes to the last audition, she sings a song. The song is called The Fools Who Dream. I think those lyrics say it exactly:
She told me:
A bit of madness is key
to give us to color to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that's why they need us,
So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays
And here's to the fools
Crazy, as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that break
Here's to the mess we make
- Never give up on your dreams. Keep on dreaming. In the movie, it would have been so easy for Mia and Sebastian to give up, to give in to the doubt. Mia must have gone on countless auditions and if Sebastian would have given in to the pressures from his friend to modernize jazz, he never would have had his club. It might not be in your time frame, but if you stick with it and hold on to your dreams, anything is possible. Don't give up!
If something else stuck with you while watching La La Land, or the same things stuck out to you, let me know. Leave your comments below.