Saturday, September 30, 2017

La La Land in Concert

La La Land in Concert Review Birmingham Symphony Hall

I first saw La La Land back in January, when it was first released into the UK cinemas and as I wasn't really blogging at the time, I didn't bother to write a review. Not that another review was needed anyway, as there were more than enough of them floating about for months and months after. La La Land is a film that people seem to either love or hate. You either 'get it' or you don't, but no matter your thoughts on the film, you can't argue with the fact that it's one of the most successful films of 2017, with them winning over 200 awards; including five BAFTAs, seven Golden Globes and six Academy Awards, which saw Damien Chazelle become the youngest person to ever win best director. (And we'll just completely skim past the whole Best Picture mix-up saga.)

If you haven't already had the chance to watch La La Land, the film is set in Los Angeles and tells the story of the romance between Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) which takes place over the space of a year. We also see their struggles of them trying to make their dreams come true and we witness that sometimes these dreams come with a price. 

Birmingham Symphony Hall 2017

Personally, I love La La Land. From start to finish, you're completely hooked. It has so many layers to the film, so many different themes and that makes me truly believe that this is a film that everybody will enjoy. It's nothing new or something we haven't seen before, they take a lot of inspiration and influences from older films such as Singin' in the Rain (1952) but that makes me love it even more because I just really adore nostalgia. It's so visually beautiful, the soundtrack and score is exceptional and something I find myself listening to again and again. The choreography is wonderful from start to finish and I think the casting is completely spot on and I really doubt that it would have gained the huge success it had, if it wasn't for Ryan and Emma playing the leads because they really brought the characters to life and made them believable, and as they had previously worked together, they already had that great chemistry that was essential for these roles. 

I really loved the way they show all the different stages of their relationship and just how bittersweet that can be. I heard so many people just call it another crappy romance film, but it's so much more than that. It's not just a cheesy rom-com where the leads meet, fall in love and live happily ever after. This is a film that will have such a different meaning to everyone who watches it and I think it will also have so much more of an impact on you if you're an aspiring artist of any kind: painter, writer, actress, filmmaker etc... It shows how hard that industry is and just how soul destroying it can be and because of that you can sort of lose sight of why you started in the first place. If you currently feel like that, definitely give this film a watch. I also loved the way they portrayed how much of an impact a family member that isn't a parent can have on you and your life. Mia would be a completely different person, with completely different goals without her Aunt and I love that so much because I heavily relate.

I've currently watched it three times but I don't think it could ever be a film that I watch a lot because the ending just breaks my heart so much, like, it completely kills me and makes me feel numb. I especially hate watching it with other people because afterwards they want to sit and talk about it and I just want to crawl into my bed and sob forever and just feel all those feelings. The only other film that has had this affect on me is Closer (2004) and that's one of my favourite films, ever. I just love films that can provoke intense emotions like that. It's just incredible. 

I've always wanted to see a film that I love with a live orchestra, so when I saw that La La Land were going on a UK tour with the Novello Orchestra I quickly got tickets for my boyfriend's birthday as he also loves La La Land and has seen it around six times now and I'm so glad I did. It sounds cliche but honestly it was such a magical experience. As soon as the conductor arrived on stage and announced "This is La La Land" and they began to play "Overture" I got the most intense goosebumps, I was also holding my boyfriend's hand and honestly I think it's a memory that I'll remember forever. The orchestra were absolutely incredible and were so perfectly in sync, that at points you couldn't be sure if they were even playing that part or not, until you would look down and see them actually doing it. And like always, the film ended with me sobbing at just how perfect and bittersweet and simply heartbreaking it is.
"Smiling through it, she said she'd do it again."
La La Land in Concert are also playing in: Japan, USA, Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Australia and Germany.
Get tickets here.


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