Is 'La La Land' Really Worthy Of 14 Oscar Nominations?
Start writing a post

Is 'La La Land' Really Worthy Of 14 Oscar Nominations?

Spoiler Alert!

Is 'La La Land' Really Worthy Of 14 Oscar Nominations?
Courtesy of Lionsgate

According to Rotten Tomatoes, "Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart."

"The real tension in La La Land is between ambition and love, and perhaps the most up-to-date thing about it is the way it explores that ancient conflict." - A.O. Scott from The NYTimes

"La La Land isn't a masterpiece (and on some level it wants to be). Yet it's an elating ramble of a movie, ardent and full of feeling, passionate but also exquisitely controlled." - Owen Gleiberman from Variety

The two critiques that I included in this article basically sum up my feelings. I believe this film had great potential to be a masterpiece, but it required one more thing to complete. The concept of ambition versus love is always relevant in every time period. The happiness from this film is fleeting. I am not joking when I say an elderly couple was behind my best friend and I crying. One doesn't go to the cinema and watch something that distinctly reminds them of their own sad, depressing, or uneventful romantic life. Not to be direct with anyone, I am just saying. Yet I respect how the film stayed true to Sebastian and Mia. Two people who didn't let love get in the way of their ambition. But is it always like this? Can no one have their cake and eat it too? Cliche as the quote it, I believe it applies in this circumstance. I don't understand how love always falls second when it comes to pursuing your dreams. Without love how can someone love the dream that their pursuing?

Now I am not saying I am a complete professional, but this film was not in the business of making people happy. This film was a perfect example of how life does not go our way. Don't get me wrong! This was a great film. I understand the award nominations because of the music and soundtrack, but can a girl get a little bit of realism during musical numbers? I know you're probably like, "you can't be realistic in a musical" but I feel there is a way to do it. I don't want to give too much away if you haven't seen this movie. However, this film will show you your heart and deepest desires. The film will dangle it right in front of your eyes until you could reach out with your fingers and feel it. The moment when you want to reach out and grab it, it will throw it to the ground and stomp on it. I can't believe how angry I was leaving the theater. Making a long and sad story short, I was livid.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments