Article by Ahona Salsabil
Illustration by Jay Jao
On January 8, 2017, the annual Golden Globes ceremony was held to celebrate the best TV shows and films of 2016. For this year’s awards ceremony, Hollywood musical La La Land has been dubbed the new record-holder for the most Golden Globe Awards, winning seven prizes. The highly acclaimed musical, directed by Damien Chazelle, stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who play the role of aspiring performing artists. Both Gosling and Stone are especially known for their on-screen chemistry from past films such as Crazy, Stupid, Love, a film loved by many Bearcats.
La La Land has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, and our very own Bearcats are not far behind on this new craze. Some students have been eagerly awaiting the release of La La Land for months.
Senior Selina D., who stumbled upon the trailer while surfing YouTube, explains, “What really excited me was the aesthetics and feel of old Hollywood (especially in terms of score and cinematography), and at this time I was also looking for inspiration for my IB film so that’s why I was particularly drawn to it.”
Selina’s excitement even prompted her to read the movie’s script.
“I was blown away by the writing because the screenwriters managed to capture the visual effect through their writing and even though I knew the story, when I watched it I still cried,” said Selina.
Like Selina, senior Bella S. has been looking forward to La La Land from the moment she heard about it, stating, “I am absolutely in love with romantic movie musicals and that’s part of the reason that I enjoyed it so much.”
Bella points out part of what makes La La Land special: “It was much more focused on presenting a genuine story than a comforting type of romance story.”
Similarly, Senior Gitika B. really appreciates how “the two deviated from your usual love story and chased their dreams.”
After finally watching the movie herself, senior Mia D. says that it is no surprise that it won all seven awards.
“La La Land is kind of an unorthodox film for today’s era and it’s really starting to bring back the musical genre,” she said.
The fact that the director Damien Chazelle is only 31 and wrote both the screenplay and directed it has left a deep impression on her.
Senior Jerry L. shares some adjectives which capture the essence of the film: “visually stunning, thought provoking, and heartwarming.”
Jerry was particularly moved by “the movie’s subtle implication that we should move on without regretting our lost opportunities.”
Many students believe the movie also has a good chance of bringing home similar awards at the Oscars. Without a doubt, La La Land has touched the hearts of viewers around the world with a message about having to choose between what you love and who you love. As many Bearcats have yet to watch the inspiring film, accounts from those who have already watched it shows that it has certainly been worth the wait!