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The movie La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle, should be seen by all because it demonstrates a universal decision that everyone will make in their lifetime: whether you will let the obstacles in life deter you from your dream or if you will give it everything you’ve got in order to attain that dream. The movie does this by showing us the love story of Mia and Sebastian. They have to decide between letting their love get in the way of their dreams or giving up their love so that they could chase their dreams. La La Land forces each individual viewer to look at their own life and question if they made the right choice in regards to their dream.

The movie acknowledges the multiple obstacles that people face when realizing their dreams. In the movie, Mia left college after two years to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. She moved to Los Angeles and took a low paying job as a barista so that she could audition for multiple shows. Throughout the movie, she continuously gets rejected from auditions and feels like a failure. Meanwhile, Sebastian is also struggling to realize his dream of opening his own jazz club because he’s playing the piano for low-paying gigs. He can’t afford to pay his bills and he doesn’t have a steady job. Most people, in real life, give up on their dreams because of their financial situation. In this way, the movie resonates with a lot of people because of how common it is for money to get in the way of people’s dreams in life.

There are also other obstacles that get in the way of realizing one’s dream. In the case of Mia and Sebastian, it was their love that got in the way of their dreams. They began a life together and tried to support each other’s dreams. Mia is encouraged by Sebastian to write a one-woman play and quits her job to pursue her dream full-time. Sebastian begins to work on his jazz club and Mia helps him design a logo. Since Sebastian is now supporting himself and Mia, he decides to get a steady job by touring with a band that plays music he hates. He sacrifices his dream because realized that he needed to make ends meet. Mia challenges him to keep pursuing his dream but he says, “It’s time to grow up! I have a steady job!” Mia also gives up on her dream because her play wasn’t successful. A few people come to her play and she overhears a conversation about how she shouldn't quit her day job because she has no talent. She later breaks up with Sebastian and he quits his job to become a piano for hire again. They both end up with dead dreams, but Sebastian gets a call from a casting director who loved Mia’s play and wants her to audition for a movie. Sebastian convinces Mia to audition for the movie and she nails it! After the audition, they had to make a choice between following their dreams or staying together and loving each other forever. He tells her to give her dream everything she’s got and that he’s going to follow his own dream. After five years, she becomes a successful actress with a loving husband and child. Sebastian also attains his dream and opens up his own jazz club. At the end of the movie, they both look into each other's eyes and smile because they both know that they accomplished their dreams.

At some point in our lives, we must also make this choice. Are we going to let the harsh realities of life hold us back from chasing our own dreams? Is a stable job, poverty, fear, criticism, or someone we love going to hold us back from achieving what we perceive to be the impossible? Or are we willing to sacrifice everything, dedicate our existence, and work tirelessly toward achieving that dream? After watching La La Land, I realized that I don’t want to let my economic situation stop me from following my dream of going to college. I’m going to college, I’m majoring in political science, and I’m doing everything humanly possible to make college affordable. I hope that everyone in the world has the opportunity to watch this movie and answer the question regarding their own dream. Hopefully, they’ll be able to achieve it too.

 

 

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