Note: This post contains spoilers.
Classic films are my favorite. I love the glamour of classic #Hollywood. Lately, Hollywood has been losing sight as to what made it so great in the first place. The acting was impeccable and everything back then was original. #Musicals were in their prime back in the day and dancing was more than grinding up on someone. #Dancing duos, such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were so amazing and beautiful to watch. No one could tap dance and move look those two together. It has been a while since a movie like that has been released, until now with the release of La La Land (2016).
It Brings Back Hollywood Themes Like Those Showcased in Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart are two of my favorite classic actors. La La Land's theme centers around the classic film #Casablanca (1942) where Bergman and Bogart play two former lovers who meet again, but are unable to be together because of life's many changes. The love story between the two main characters, played by #EmmaStone and #RyanGosling, is similar to that of the one in Casablanca.
There are several references to Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman, and Humphrey Bogart throughout La La Land. Stone's character actually owns a huge poster of Bergman, which she has next to her bed. She also works across the street from one of the film sets in Casablanca, which is located in Warner Brothers Studio. Stone and Gosling's characters even discuss Casablanca and the actors involved.
Paris also plays a big role in both La La Land and Casablanca. In La La Land, it's ultimately the place that separates the two lovers. Whereas in Casablanca, Paris is the place that the two lovers had together and could remember their love forever because of it.
It Incorporates Classic Hollywood with Today's World
La La Land has numerous connections to classic Hollywood. I loved the dance numbers. Despite Stone and Gosling not being Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, it was nice to watch because it was cute. It is obvious that they put in a lot of work for this film.
I also loved the significance Rebel Without a Cause (1955) has within the film. It is the film that brought the two characters together in the first place. The scene at the Observatory is probably my favorite. I love James Dean and that Observatory played a major role in both films!
Jazz was in its prime back during the classic Hollywood days. Artie Shaw and Louis Armstrong are a couple of my favorites. Of course, in today's world, 'old jazz' has been dying out. It isn't appreciated as much as it used to be and Gosling's character was intent on keeping it alive, even if it meant he had to incorporate modern music for a while to get it back to being appreciated.
It is Happy and Meaningful
La La Land is more about achieving personal goals than about making a relationship work when it's not meant to. However, this does not mean that the relationship was bad and not worth having. It only means that sometimes, even when you have found true love with someone, it is not going to work out because life happens. Both characters were able to be happy and live their lives separately, even though they still loved each other. Unlike Paris, they always had jazz.
With many people calling 2016 their worst year in recent memory, La La Land is a nice escape. We aren't sure what is to come in 2017, but hopefully it brings more films like La La Land!