by Bryan J. Neva, Sr.
"LA LA Land" is a romantic musical drama released in August 2016 starring Ryan Gosling, as an aspiring jazz musician and entrepreneur, and Emma Stone, as an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, California. The title refers to the the city and also to those who are somewhat out-of-touch with reality. The film went on to win six Academy Awards (including best director, best actress, and best song). It was also financially very successful too as it earned over $430 million (and counting) on a meager budget of just $30 million.
The plot of the movie revolves around the struggle between ambition and love; how much are the characters willing to sacrifice to realize their dreams? They're both so tempted by the allure of fame and success that they have to learn the hard way that those things won't bring you lasting happiness. The plot has been repeated over and over again in the movies for years, but this film masterfully takes it to another level. It's a reflection of life itself as people will sacrifice everything to achieve their dreams including true love. I highly recommend you see the movie and take to heart the lessons learned.