I was given two free movie passes for Cineplex last year, and they expire at the end of this month. Hubs and I don’t go to the movies often because I honestly cannot stand how loud the volume is! Are they trying to blow my ear drums? Anyway, I didn’t want the tickets to go to waste, so I decided we should check out La La Land since it has been lauded by critics and has won so many awards.
At the theatre of choice, this movie was only playing in the VIP theatre or UltraAVX, which meant that we’d have to pay the difference between whichever of the two we chose, and general admission. VIP sounds interesting, but not for an additional $11.50 each, so we went with the UltraAVX (extra $3 each). I’m not actually sure what the difference is in screen quality – maybe the screen is a little bigger? The seats in the AVX theatre do rock and I think they are bigger than the general seats, and when you purchase your tickets, you get to pre-select your seats.
The good news? I didn’t hate the movie. The theme song is now stuck in my head (that’s not a bad thing). It made me wonder what the theme song would be for me and hubs, if we had one. I haven’t come up with one yet.
I came into the movie knowing it was a musical, and that’s all I knew. Given that it has won many awards, I was expecting my senses to be blown away, but I left wondering what all the hype was about. Maybe I’m being too harsh, but I didn’t think that Emma Stone or Ryan Gosling were the most amazing onscreen singers or dancers. There’s nothing deep or philosophical here. Character development and dialogue are basic. Their relationship was unbelievable, especially the breakup scene. It happened so fast given they have been together for some time. One thing lead to an argument and then Gosling said some really hurtful words, and bam, they separate. All that aside, the premise of the movie was sweet. It’s a light-hearted, mostly feel-good flick. Maybe the lack of reality is what people need right now, though I’m sure the movie ending leaves viewers feeling conflicted.