La La Land- A Discussion
Ok, Six months later, I’m ready to talk about La La Land. Bear with me as I spill my thoughts and then join the discussion with your opinion.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, stop everything and go watch it right now. If you have, read on and let me know what you think?
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are my favorite on-screen duo. Literally. They need to be in all the movies. And I will sit and watch them all day. (Crazy Stupid Love…?) Naturally, when I saw the previews for this movie, I was hooked. Musical. Ryan Gosling. Emma Stone. Comedy. Romance. Sold. (It doesn’t take much to sell me apparently, haha).
My friends and I organized a date night to see the movie opening weekend. I did not want to wait another second to see it. We bought our popcorn and sodas, even some candies, and filed into the assigned row, anxious with anticipation for the newest Rom-Com.
We watched, we swooned, we laughed, we loved.
And then my heart dropped. What just happened? This was not a romance! This was a tragedy!
We stood in the hallway discussing the movie. Of the 10-12 of us there, 2 hated the movie. Me included. That was the WORST ending ever. I mean, really? All that time spent rooting for them to work out and then BAM she’s married to ANOTHER GUY?
My broken heart cried all night. *Note: I did not cry all night. My heart did. I couldn’t understand why the writers and director would be so cruel? Why tear my heart out of my chest and leave is dry heaving on the floor?
Dramatic? Maybe. But I was so crushed.
A few days later, I went to see it again. This time, knowing the ending, I prepared myself. I loved the happy parts, swooned at the right moments, and pretended the ending never happened. And then it did. Again. I had to watch his piano solo with their What If montage and then the small smiles at the very end as they walk away from each other forever. (cue the crying heart)
So Lets Discuss
What does the ending mean?
I have a few theories.
- Ryan is playing the song. It’s his “What if I had done everything for you? Given up on my dreams so you could follow yours?” And we see what might have happened.
- The montage ends from Emma’s Point of view. We see things (like walking into the club) that Ryan wouldn’t have known. So the montage is Emma’s “What if he had done everything I wanted and we ended up together?”
- The montage is a “What if we were still together” from both of them and they realize that in order to have both achieved their dreams, they had to let go of each other.
- The ending in general is a shout out to our first loves. The ones we swear we will marry one day. But then life happens. You move away. You go different directions while pursuing your future. You end up in different places. Happy. But reminiscent.
What do you think?
Other parts to dissect:
- Seb’s… He ended up calling the club what she wanted and even used the music note apostrophe. Why? Is that his way of holding on to the relationship? Is that his way of calling out to her? What does that mean?
- Their little smiles at the end? Personally, I’m so GLAD they looked at each other, smiled, and then moved on. It made the movie seem to end on an “I’m happy now” note rather than “I wish we had worked out” note. Thoughts?
Ok, what else am I missing? Leave your comments below.