LA LA LAND (2016
– Melodramat, Musical, Komedia
– Mia jest początkującą aktorką, która w oczekiwaniu na szansę pracuje jako kelnerka. Sebastian to muzyk jazzowy, który zamiast nagrywać płyty, gra do kotleta w podrzędnej knajpce. Gdy drogi tych dwojga przetną się, połączy ich wspólne pragnienie, by zacząć wreszcie robić to co kochają. Miłość dodaje im sił, ale gdy kariery zaczynają się wreszcie układać, coraz mniej jest czasu i sił dla siebie nawzajem. Czy uda im się ocalić uczucie, nie rezygnując z marzeń?
– On a crowded Los Angeles highway („Another Day of Sun”), Mia (Emma Stone), an on-studio barista and aspiring actress, has a moment of road rage with Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist. Her later audition goes poorly despite her efforts. That night, Mia’s roommates take her to a lavish party in the Hollywood Hills („Someone in the Crowd”). She has to take a long walk back after finding that her car has been towed.
During a gig at a restaurant, Sebastian slips into a passionate jazz improvisation despite warnings from the owner (J. K. Simmons). Mia overhears the music as she passes by („Mia and Sebastian’s Theme”). Moved, she enters at the point when Sebastian is fired. As he storms out, Mia attempts to compliment him, but he coldly brushes her off.
Months later, Mia runs into Sebastian at another party where he plays in a 1980s pop cover band, where she teases him. After the gig, the two walk together to find their cars, lamenting being in each other’s company despite the clear chemistry between them („A Lovely Night”).
Mia takes Sebastian on a walk around the movie lot, explaining her passion for acting; Sebastian takes Mia to a jazz club, describing his passion for jazz and desire to own his own club. They warm to each other („City of Stars”). Sebastian invites Mia to a screening of Rebel Without a Cause, which Mia accepts, forgetting an earlier commitment to her current boyfriend. Discontented with that date, she leaves and rushes to the theater, finding Sebastian as the film begins. The two conclude their evening with a romantic dance at the Griffith Observatory („Planetarium”), a setting from the film.
After more failed auditions, Mia decides to write a personal single-actress play at Sebastian’s suggestion. Sebastian begins to perform regularly at the jazz club („Summer Montage”) and the two move in together. A high school classmate, Keith (John Legend), invites Sebastian to be the keyboardist in his jazz band, which offers a steady source of income. Sebastian is dismayed over the band’s pop-oriented style, but decides to sign with them after overhearing Mia trying to convince her mother that Sebastian is working on his career. Mia attends one of their concerts („Start a Fire”) but is unsettled, knowing Sebastian could not possibly enjoy his band’s music.
During the band’s first tour, Mia confronts Sebastian over his future and goals. Sebastian responds by claiming a steady career is what she wanted for him, before accusing her of liking him more when he was unsuccessful. Insulted, Mia leaves. On the opening night of Mia’s play, Sebastian fails to show up due to a photo shoot he had forgotten about. Only a few people attend and Mia overhears dismissive comments. Dejected, she leaves Los Angeles and moves back to Boulder City, Nevada.
One day, Sebastian receives a call from a casting director who had attended and enjoyed Mia’s play. The casting director invites Mia to a film audition the following evening. Sebastian drives to Boulder City and persuades Mia to return. Mia is simply asked to tell a story for the audition; she begins to sing about her Aunt who inspired her to pursue acting („Audition/The Fools Who Dream”). Confident that the audition was a success, Sebastian asserts that Mia must devote herself wholeheartedly to the opportunity. They profess they will always love each other, but are uncertain of their future.
Five years later, Mia is a famous actress and married to another man (Tom Everett Scott), with whom she has a daughter. One night, the couple stumble upon a jazz bar. Noticing the Seb’s logo, Mia realizes Sebastian has finally opened his own club. Sebastian spots Mia, looking unsettled and regretful, in the crowd and begins to play their love theme („Epilogue”). This prompts an extended dream sequence in which the two imagine what might have been had their relationship worked out perfectly. The song ends and Mia leaves with her husband. Before walking out, she shares with Sebastian one last knowing look and smile, happy for the dreams they have both achieved.