LA LA LAND REVIEW

A couple of nights ago, I went to see the highly anticipated film ‘La La Land’. After hearing raving reviews about the film, I was desperate to see it – also because it stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (legends). This movie is about Mia, an aspiring actress, who works in a local coffee shop, and Sebastian, a jazz pianist, whose aim was to bring jazz back to life. Both of which have high ambitions for themselves, but find they fall short, as they are one of many who also have the same dreams. Therefore, the movie displays the troubles they face in such a competitive area of work and show the consequences in the choices they make along the way to trying to reach their goal.

In my opinion, the film was spectacular; the music was so beautifully written, the dancing was well choreographed and the acting was brilliant. Although, a few of my friends who went with me and other people I have spoken to, have claimed the film did not reach their expectations. A few of them said that it was too much like a live show, in that, they didn’t like the musical feel to it. Which I cannot understand, the film is set in Los Angeles, the world of dancing, acting and music, so what were they actually expecting?!

la-la-land-ryan-gosling-emma-stone-1.jpgHowever, La La Land seems to have a darker meaning than people dancing on top of their cars. It expresses the constant battle between love and ambition and it portrays the consequences of chasing dreams, over love. This was conveyed beautifully, but it did leave me very tearful and upset! I think the film is trying to send a message to the people watching, that people should not always stick to their dream, if there is something better in front of them. It is hard to explain this, without going into full detail about what happened in the film, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers! All in all, La La Land tried to show what happened, and then what could have been, which was extremely eye-opening for the audience. I think a lot of people, including myself, have this fixed dream in their heads that they have got to achieve. But sometimes, whilst chasing that dream, something better might come along, and it is up to you to change direction, in hope of achieving greater, or to continue reaching for the dream you once had. 29-la-la-land-4.nocrop.w529.h373.jpg

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling both surprised me with their extra talents, Ryan with his piano playing and Emma with her lovely voice. The two work well together (as seen in Crazy, Stupid, Love) and they both helped the film come to life, allowing it to have a significant impact on the audience. I fully understand why the film won seven Golden Globes, it is one of the best films I have ever seen! The style, humour, the overwhelming emotions and the talent all piece together to form such an incredible movie. Well done to everyone involved in the production of La La Land – it was truly amazing.

I will definitely be watching the film again, and if you haven’t – you must see it!

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Why Rowan Blanchard is already making history 

The 15 year-old first claimed her fame on the show ‘Girl Meets World’, a spinoff from the 80s show ‘Boy Meets World’. The show on Disney Channel expressed and emphasised the importance of acceptance and Rowan used this platform to further her argument.
The young feminist has given various speeches, encouraging young women to stand up for their rights. She also has highlighted and helped give a voice to the LGBTQ community, who she actively works alongside.

Rowan is not an average teenager, and has used this to her advantage, by spreading the message to her fans. She uses social media to express and educate her followers:

Her caption on a post she posted during Donald Trumps Inauguration

She is definitely a role model for young teens to look up to, and if she continues to involve herself in fighting for freedom for everyone; it is undoubtable that she will progress into becoming a known activist, giving a voice to those unheard, as well as making history.
Rowan is one to watch, as her acting career and her activist career are both rising significantly. Keep going Rowan, you are doing the younger generations proud.

Saying Goodbye to Obama

I am going to assume that you are all aware about the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, which means we will have to bid farewell to Obama. I am not an American myself, but I am a politics enthusiast, as well as a fan of Barack. Some people might say that he has not done a lot during his two terms of presidency, which is more or less true. However, it goes without saying, that he did accomplish bits and pieces which have more or less helped some Americans.

First of all, Obama managed to create the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It has been quite a controversial act, amongst the Americans. This is because it has only really benefitted a small percentage of America, or because people believe that the law did not go far enough. However, the Affordable Care Act has actually benefitted those who were in need of immediate care. This can be seen when Paul Ryan, member of the Republican Party, was faced with answering to a cancer survivor who was glorifying Obamacare and Obama. This was during a CNN question night for the Republican member and the cancer patient was one of the first speakers that Ryan had to answer to. He exclaimed;

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today alive,” he said. “I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance. Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?” Then continued to say, “I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart, because I would be dead if it weren’t for him.”

Therefore, it can be argued that Obama has helped numerous people with the changes he has made as president. Other accomplishments he has achieved are that he:

  • Ended US military involvement in the Iraq War and increased US troop levels in Afghanistan
  • Substantially increased the number of drone strikes targeting suspected terrorists around the world
  • Ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya following a popular revolt against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
  • Authorised the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011
  • Signed the Dodd -Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, strengthening financial regulations to an extent not seen since the Great Depression
  • Nominated Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court – helped pass the Same-sex marriage legislation in 2013.

It is arguable to whether Obama did accomplish many things or not, he has impacted the American citizens in different ways. However, it is not arguable that he has been a great leader of America, almost in a father-figure way. He has a great personality and has made many smile endlessly throughout his presidency. I think many Americans will be sad to see him go this Saturday, especially when Donald Trump is taking over!

I have attached a few of my favourite photos of Obama during his presidency, I think it is safe to say that he will be sorely missed.

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Obama out.