Jackpot for La La Land
The movie La La Land opens with an image that Angelinos know all too well: Traffic is at a standstill on the top of the curving ramp that connects the 105 freeway to the 110 that leads to downtown Los Angeles. But then, something magical happens. The drivers get out of their cars and start dancing and singing.
La La Land refers to Los Angeles or Hollywood and the frivolous lifestyle and attitudes of those living there as well as any fanciful state or dream world remote from reality.
The romantic-comedy musical goes on general release in the US in mid-December and the rest of the world soon after. It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two young, creative dreamers wanting to fulfill their aspirations to become an actress and a classical jazz musician respectively.
Although set in the present-day, the movie is a homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals and the city in which it takes place. It is a magical portrayal of the city and its many dreamers.
Emma Stone’s character somewhat mimics her own story. She used to live in Los Angeles, having moved there to follow her dream of becoming an actress when she was just 15 years old. Eventually, the dream came true.
Stone moved to New York when she was 21, but shooting La La Land on location made her rediscover and fall in love with Los Angeles all over again.
“Coming back here, I could all of a sudden see this spaciousness, nature, the ocean and my friends in a different light,” acknowledges Stone as she sits casually on the outside patio of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“I do find magic in LA,” she adds. “Going on a hike or going to the beach or all these different places that you can drive to that are so glorious – that is really magical to me too. California is such a beautiful part of the world.”
Text: Tina Jøhnk Christensen