Thanks for La La Land

Dear Farah,

Well I guess I’m glad you insisted we go together to see La La Land. The long and short of it is that I did rather enjoy it.

The two protagonists acted rather well, the soundtrack was original, the cinematography was fantastic, the plot was simple yet compelling… actually the list goes on and on; there wasn’t much about it that I didn’t like!

La La Land's pianissimo

La La Land’s pianissimo

You said one of your friends likened it to Casablanca which initially surprised me as we left the house. I mean that film is vintage stuff… the kind that gets stronger each time you see it.

Do you know how many colloquialisms have their roots in that film? Just from the top of my head, there’s…

Of all the gin joints in the all the world, she had to walk into mine…

maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday and for the rest of your life…

We’ll always have Paris

So that’s a brave comparison to make, raising La La Land to the same mantle as Casablanca, but there were some elements that did hark back to the magic of this film noir classic.

Firstly the piano piece that Ryan Gosling plays (was that really him playing?) whilst Emma Stone looks on mesmerised was reminiscent of how the…

You must remember this, a kiss is but a kiss, a smile is but a smile…

tune sparked the flame between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

And secondly, without giving the game away the two movies do end similarly in that two people’s destinies sometimes are not meant to come together in a fanciful Hollywood ending.

Casablanca's piano forte...

Casablanca’s piano forte…

Other than that I couldn’t see any obvious similarities, but feel free to comment below if you did.

All in all though it was a great film, deserves every Oscar it gets and is set to be an instant classic.



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