6 Reasons Why La La Land Is A Film For Dreamers
As I told you in my last post (click here to read it) on Miguel’s (my boyfriend if you’re new to the blog) birthday we went to see La La Land. Now I know this is one of the most hyped films here on the crazy world of the internet, but let me tell you, it got me on the first line.
When I went to see it I already knew the City of Stars lyrics by heart. But I’m not gonna talk about of how much I love it, on how obsessed I am, on how perfectly fitting every move and every note were, I’m not even gonna talk about how Ryan Gosling surprised me with his amazing voice, and great – I mean great! – dancing skills, same goes for Emma Stone that by not being a Broadway type of voice stepped up and did an amazing job, as usually. No, I’m not gonna talk about anything of that. Instead, I want to talk about the things that La La Land made me think about, the things that as a dreamer made me feel like I was looking at a mirror, and the things that were so relatable that I can’t even!
** Spoiler alert, read at your own risk **
1 . We’re confused AF
And I’m not saying confused like in “should I be a doctor or a journalist?” I mean “should I keep pursuing this dream and probably stay at my parents for the rest of my life, or should I quit and be miserable for the rest of my life?” If you saw my little melt down while I had an insomnias the other night (add @ellaivoire for fun – and sometimes conflicted – times). To be honest it’s exhausting to always have the need to stick up to ourselves and to our dream, especially because being an artist isn’t exactly something that would made a parent proud at the age of 17? 20? I’m 22 so, at what age does this really start? Let me guide you through a conversation with any adult:
Adult: So, what are you doing with your life?
Me: I’m working on a book right now.
Adult: So… You’re going to be published?
Adult: And what are you doing with your life? To make money, I mean.
Me: That’s it.
I’m always a bit sorry and sad that at some point humanity decided that success = money and power, when success should be = happiness.
We’re ashamed to dream
Mia was a struggling actress, but she was also a practical barista who rarely ever let the world know that she dreamed. Let’s be honest here- having a seemingly impossible dream is anything but cool in this days. People want to earn well, and most times people follow the path that they’re supposed to. Parents say so, priests say so, and all your friends are doing it, so why in the world would you want to earn minimum wage – with a chance of getting a higher position – there’s always that little note that makes your parents say: “see?!!” instead of doing the thing you love but with which you can’t pay your bills?
There is no “in between” for us
You either stick for your “inner jam” or to what you are paid to do, there’s no in between. There’s no “I’m going to be paid to write the most amazing drama story you have ever read”, there’s more “I’m going to be paid to write about a tea that makes people get slimmer” (not really, I would never do a deal like that, but you know what I mean).
Mia tries really hard, but in fact she is a realist trying to be a dreamer. Seb, however is a complete dreamer. I can’t tell you enough about how much I’ve related to this. I want to be a writer (or a singer, but that one is like a far far away dream), Miguel, however wants to be a musician. I’m a realist trying to dream, he’s a full on dreamer. And that brings me to my third point:
We need other dreamers
We need someone who fully understands our passion, our hard work to get anywhere and that pushes us to dream even bigger, to be even better. Mia remembered Seb about his dream when he settled for something apart (but that was still in the music field, and that was paying the bills – like really well!). Sure, their dreams broke them apart and that’s part of why the film is beautiful. We do need other dreamers because without them, we just settle for less than the thing that makes us happy.
Even though most of the times passionate mean dramatic, without a little bit of drama life would be too plain. Sebastian had Mia falling in love with jazz just because he loved it. Like she said, “People gravitate towards passion.”
We’re leave behind a wonderful mess
We’re broken inside because our dreams might never come true. We’re also always excited because at any minute our dreams might come true *eek*! That means that at the first opportunity we’re going to jump on board of the ship toward our dream, and sometimes that means that we’re going to leave something or someone behind. Again, we’re broken inside but at the same time, so very excited. When Sebastian went on to follow his modified dream, he left behind a hurt and alone Mia. He left her as a mess who had given up on the dream he urged her to follow.
Are you a dreamer? Or are you a realist?
Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem.