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  • Joe Searle

    Brilliant review for one of my all time favourite movies, you explained la la land expertly, I'm thinking of doing a explained review for this on my movie Instagram account

  • MoneyGrowsOnTreesIfYouAreRichEnough

    Im surprised that you didnt mention the use of colour to set the mood and feelings of the characters, like when theres green they are jealous or when theres blue they are melancholic and regretful.

  • Ghost Cupcake

    When I first saw this movie I wasn't very impressed I liked it, but I thought it was very overrated. Thank you for making me realize the brilliance of this film!

  • Zack Krenn

    This movie also is brilliant at honestly showcasing choice. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's hard. Are choices are good or bad. But they are ours. The choices we make are what make us individuals, it's how we know we're alive.

  • truefilm

    What can I say… Awesome as always! Wonderful analysis that goes so much deeper than the surface level (on which this movie also works perfectly). Needless to say: the cinematography (choreography, music, set design…. you name it) are all beyond outstanding. Love the fact that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are actually singing live. Hate to say it, but I haven't seen the movie yet, but from what I already watched: the performances are brilliant. Damien Chazelle definitely brings out the very best in his fine cast. I knew that Stone and Gosling are very good, but not THAT good! Brilliant on all levels. Will watch the entire movie ASAP. Thanks again for a very insightful movie dissection!

  • Rob Brothers

    One thing that has ticked me off about la la land is its one use of the f-bomb. Mia in the film just responds with "you always say that" (I'm paraphrasing). It's a stupid gimmick to get a pg-13 rating; we never hear him say it any other time throughout the film and it's just lazy screenwriting. It's a good film with a very irritating flaw, script-wise.

  • esotericsean

    Chazelle has a very similar message in Whiplash, too. Something like how far are you willing to go to pursue your dreams? I absolutely loved La La Land, but the ending is both incredible and it kills me. Very nice analysis, especially liked the split screen part where Mia and Sebastian both aren't able to go to each other.

  • Kringe Inamsu

    one of my favorite movies… love how it combines dreams and reality into a beautiful, heartbreaking, and, real story.

  • Mary Borodich

    I am a person who was not amused by La La Land the slightest.
    But this helped me to understand what the fuss is all about! Thank you, really, so much!

  • Taymanator0051

    This was really well articulated Jack! Those were some of the exact feelings and thoughts I had when I saw it. Thanks for putting it into words. 🙂

  • James Lester Art

    fantastic video mate! I think I disagree with you about how the two arnt totally dedicating themselves on following their dreams. I thought it actually reflected the harsh reality of Hollywood.

  • sanath

    Fantastic video mate,easily the best movie of 2016..I would love to see you do an analysis of scarface and apocalypse now

  • Victor Flores

    Something I tough about but I don't see anybody saying it… In the final sequence Mia dreams about how the relationship could have been if Sebastian had given up on his dream to help her, but she doesn't give up on anything.

  • kushagra deep

    "the anatomy of sacrificing artists" can be the sequel to your the anatomy of obsessed artist if you compare lalaland with Cinema Paradiso… please make one

  • Miss X

    Just rewatched this film after seeing it in cinemas a couple months ago.
    This film is so beautiful and perfect, imo. Really touched my heart. I swear to God, everytime they played Mia and Sebastian's theme my eyes started getting wattery.
    Some people may not like the style, but for me this film was just a breath of fresh air. We have a lot of dark gritty films nowadays, so it's nice to see something light hearted and charming, but with a sad ending.
    Only thing wrong with this film is that I wish it had even more singing and dancing 🙂

  • Manuel Munoz

    Great vid my dude. Found you in the comments section of a kaptainkristian video and I gotta say your channel looks pretty promising. Keep up the good work!

  • SamWallace Art

    I actually had no interest in this movie because it just looked like another hollywood-nostalgia-throwback fest worthy of a giant meh … only after having the ending spoiled do I wanna' watch the movie.

  • Kim Sommer

    Great analysis! I wasn't a big fan of the movie, but I do appreciate and understand Chazelle's intentions better now that I've seen this video! Thanks and keep up the good work 🙂

  • Thomas Pollock

    Fantastic attention to the clothing I hadn't thought of that myself! The use of colour and camera movement in the film is beautiful in this film. So happy to see you cover this one and have an understanding of its major theme: chasing one's dream.

    Naturally, as a filmmaker myself, I relate heavily to the film as do many of my filmmaking friends. Hope to do a video covering this film soon- perhaps about how the film generated a level of controversy (just look up articles by The Guardian a British newspaper)

  • 5 Minute Movie Guy

    Jack, I am blown away by your content. I think La La Land is a truly deep, beautiful, and heart-wrenching film and I think your analysis perfectly captures what makes it so brilliant and thought-provoking. I think the movie itself has been on the tail-end of some completely undeserved backlash. I've seen so many people call it overrated, and while I'm not opposed to contrary opinions, I think most of its critics are either missing the point or getting caught up in the "racial" Oscars debate and letting it influence their opinion. What makes the film so special to me is just how well it contrasts reality and fantasy. The struggles of their relationship is for me what really sets the film apart, and I love how it explores the concept of chasing your dream vs maintaining your reality. As lavish and superficial as the dreams may be, the reality is authentic and hard-hitting. I don't know if it was your narration or the clips from the movie, but jeez, just watching this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you! Keep up the amazing work!

  • Frank Jordan

    Found your channel bc of your top comment on The Nerdwriter's "There Will Be Blood" video. I am pretty sure your review was not some sort of endorsement to get ppl to watch La La Land but now, I want to see La La Land; and I hate musicals normally!

  • Martin Noel

    That's funny I always taught the last scene was Sebastian's dream and not Mia. Because it was seb's actions that was change in the dream: saying no the the band offer, Going to Mia 's show etc. Plus I feel he was the one mostly responsible for them to break up.

  • Senyuno

    I'm not sold on the pessimism! I was really taken aback at how little of an effect the final scene had on Mia… and that made me realize that she achieved her dream. Basically the entirety of that sequence was a life the movie show's she already has (and much more). And she just walks away, accepting and proud of her choices. I thought that was such a mature decision you wouldn't expect from a film like this– that a relationship may enter your life that motivates you to the next step of your dream, but that the relationship doesn't work out as some kind of destiny love BS. I thought that was so realistic.

  • David Miller

    Fantastic. This film delighted me in ways I wasn't expecting. It has a great deal to say about the meaning of real love, creative ambition and dreams. You've done a wonderful job of unpacking it. Thank you.

  • Vishnu Ch

    I literally stumbled on your videos an hour ago, from the Breaking Bad video. Absolutely loving it. I am certainly going to follow you from now. Keep up the good work!

  • y a

    how can the whimsical magic @2:41 be accessed in every moment? (by not being just one color… (only an actor, writer, etc…)) but open to the other color… an active kind of editor/supporter of tense contrast that enables freedom (magical process of opportunity, joy in all weaknesses, even in death TO BE YOURSELF!), and not a passive one of that wants an end/result? ("free of all weaknesses", which is only a dead illusion, forcing you to be "like" something dead.) Dead because it is a fleeting moment that is in the process… and thus should not be made more than the process, by holding on to them (reaching for/maintaining an image.) nobody belongs in the dead, all belong in life… AND AS SOON AS MAGIC becomes DEAD/a result/note. It is no longer magic/alive. How is this magic accessed? Faith alone? (to not passively chase after a single passing color(results/notes), but rather actively embrace both (the harmony of faith, where anything can happen! (santa can fly! or not..) in the magical contrast, a contradiction of choice/freedom to be who you are) in the present, right now…)

  • CJusticeHappen21

    I didn't think the ending was pessimistic. Realistic, absolutely, but not pessimistic. What makes me think this is the very, very last scene. Before she leaves, they lock eyes one final moment, but they smile. There is a quiet thanks shared between them, harkening back to the moment they break up.

  • Eric Woodard

    Just found this video after rewatching the movie for like the 5th time and I wish I found this sooner. I couldn't agree more with everything you said. I've never seen a movie with an ending that I love and hated so much at the same time.

  • Brandon Chaney Houser

    I usually agree with you about your analysis of films. But i just can't get into La La Land. I feel like it's something we've all seen 100 times, just with musical numbers added.
    Idk i just get bored watching it and I wasn't impressed with the screen play.

  • Katia Florit

    I saw this movie at a time where i started dating someone im still currently with and very much hope i end up with and also started making active moves to achieve my ambitions of law school.

    The combination of my real life activities and the events of the movie really fucked me up when at the end she had to sacrifice her relationship dream to achieve her career dream. And me knowing that to become a lawyer, you have to sacrifice a lot of time at home to work many hours (specifically for the type of law i want to pursue), that main topic of this movie really scares me. The concept that you cant have it both and have to choose one over the other. The scariest part is that i want a family and love so fucking much, specifically with the person im with, but i know that if i had to choose, i would pick my career ambitions every time. But in the end of the day, would my achievements be hollow without someone to share it with?

    This movie fucked me up good. I cant watch it without bawling.

  • balintnk

    I think a sub-theme in this movie is irreparability. Decisions have consequences, and there are points of no return in ones life that one cannot alter no matter what. I think that's also what makes the ending so powerful.

  • Jacob Chimilar

    I personally took that ending as, the dream was the ideal situation and how nice it would have been but that knowing smile at the end confirms what you said, their relationship got them where they wanted to go even if it meant that they didn't end up together, they appreciate each other and what they had was important and they are grateful to each other for the time they spent together.

    On a separate note, i was left in awe of this and i think i audibly said wow when I saw it and an older lady a few seats down from me came in with a "well that was two hours of nonsense." and I wanted to reply "You just dont get it!" xD

  • music loversaxgirl

    I love this movie so much. I love musicals and this one is special. It's brilliant, the music is haunting and it's really one of those movies you should watch more than once. It should have won an oscar.

  • David Bush

    How you were able to structure your analysis was picture perfect. Many people I talked with about this film got "stuck" on one aspect of the film's structure over another, perhaps not even noting the nuances your put forth. Thanks for putting this out there. And keep them coming.

  • GodZullaFC

    Something I noticed is that when they are in stress and compicated situation its always a close up. When they are dreaming or talking about it or something close to that its now Medium Shot or Wide Angle.

  • leftenantthunder

    I dont think that their dreams were hollow. We get an entire song sequence where Mia and Sebastian talk about how they are NOT right for each other. I dont think they were ever meant to be together forever. They needed to be together just long enough to set each other on their way to success. Mia has a family now (you'll notice that her husband looks very similar to the man she was dating before Sebastian) and she seems happy. I dont know about Sebastian but he seemed to be happy with his club too

  • Nunovia Gottdamnedbizzness

    The scene in the ending montage where Mia & Seb sit down to watch a film about the married life and child they could have had reminds me of the story Plato told of people who spend their lives chained up in a cave watching shadows cast on a wall, assuming that is reality since that is all they ever see and will ever know.

    The streaks & grainy quality of the wall this image is being projected on makes me think of that Plato cave analogy everytime.

  • Vedang Tarare

    Someone, please redirect me to the music played in the bg from @5:18. It's a very different version of the popular one.

  • Chase XJ

    Wow… I think I may have to rewatch this movie now. What beautiful storytelling.

    Your video shows that I let a lot of things go over my head… I'm kind of ashamed of myself haha

  • Alex Flores

    so since the wishes cannot be in reality, that’s why Mia’s final dream is all filmed on a sound stage, since it is not attainable it is not at all grounded in reality, while the ambitions while still dreams are not on sound stages because they are attainable

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