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Here'stotheoneswhodream

Justine Kim 3
Justine Kim 3 President of Mogul at USC
20d Story USC
Here's to the ones who dream

When I saw the trailer for La La Land, the landscape of Los Angeles, the colors, the soundtrack, and the charming message of two idealistic but downtrodden dreamers pushing each other toward their dreams appealed to the romantic in me. As a native Californian, current Oregonian, and now returned college student to LA, the trailer gave me a feeling of magic and nostalgia to the familiar places of my childhood. Grand Central Market, Griffith Park, and of course the infamous 105 freeway were a few that I glimpsed. I went in with neutral expectations when I watched the movie a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised!

Although set in modern-day LA, the movie feels like an ode to classic Hollywood, showcasing Mia: an aspiring actress, and Sebastian a traditionalist jazz musician. Both are running hard after their dreams but have become downtrodden by the struggle to get noticed in the stereotypical Hollywood culture of social climbing, and superficiality. Tinsel Town has lost its shine. Far from being discouraging and cynical, however, Mia and Sebastian’s stories seem to acknowledge the dreamers out there. Their hopes, doubts, struggles, and most of all their passion. If you’re one of those dreamers and creatives who needs some inspiration going into the new year definitely go see La La Land! Even if you’re not a romantic, I’m sure you’ll leave feeling inspired from the magic that this movie offers: an escape into a musical set against the beautiful LA skyline.

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5 comments

  • Jennifer Ridgeworth
    Jennifer Ridgeworth Community member
    20d ago

    I hear great things. Do you think it will win for Best Picture at Oscars?

    I hear great things. Do you think it will win for Best Picture at Oscars?

    • Justine Kim 3
      Justine Kim 3 President of Mogul at USC
      19d ago

      I'll be rooting for it! I haven't seen many of the other films that are predicted to win but I think it has a good shot.

      I'll be rooting for it! I haven't seen many of the other films that are predicted to win but I think it has a good shot.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    19d ago

    Very much looking forward to seeing this beautiful film :-) How did you like the music?

    Very much looking forward to seeing this beautiful film :-) How did you like the music?

    • Justine Kim 3
      Justine Kim 3 President of Mogul at USC
      19d ago

      I added the playlist on Spotify after watching it! Neither Ryan Gosling or Emma Stone are singers, but I think that added to songs' charm. :)

      I added the playlist on Spotify after watching it! Neither Ryan Gosling or Emma Stone are singers, but I think that added to songs' charm. :)

  • Justine Kim 3
    Justine Kim 3 President of Mogul at USC
    15d ago

    La La Land won seven Golden Globes!

    La La Land won seven Golden Globes!


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Justine Kim 3
President of Mogul at USC

USC '19 B.S. in Business Administration & B.A. in French Minor in Communication Design

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