The dreamers of ‘La La Land’

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 4:25 PM
The dreamers of ‘La La Land’ by Gabriel Hypes

Dreaming is something everyone does, especially at the time in your life when you are becoming independent. Coming to Edinboro could have been a dream to many of you; and you accomplished it the day you were accepted. For others, Edinboro could have been the back-up plan for when another dream they had crumbled to the ground, and by coming here, another dream started.

While we’re young, we’re never sure what exactly we want, or what we’re even capable of doing. We just keep going down the road we think will take us to where we want to go. It doesn’t always take us to the dream we had, but there’s always a path to follow.

Mia (Emma Stone) is dead set on a dream to become a Hollywood actress. She has spent the last half decade getting rejected by casting agents all over Los Angeles. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) still believes in the dying music form of jazz. He is dead set on wanting to open a jazz club that revives the art, the spirit inside him. When the two cross paths, they take a different road they never could have ever foreseen. This is “La La Land.”

At 18, I started my independent life studying computer science at a major university in Salt Lake City, Utah. At nearly 21, I’m a journalism and public relations major at a small school in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. “La La Land” hit close to home for me. Just because your dream doesn’t work the way you thought it would, it doesn’t mean your life is over.

I wasn’t lucky enough to discover this from reading a book, but through a show called “Master of None.”

It’s a quote from Sylvia Plath’s “The Bel Jar,” which reads: “I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked.

“One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet, and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out.

“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”

“La La Land” is about making wrong choices but still being happy in the end. You can never get everything you want. Sometimes you have to just settle for what you can get if in the end you’re doing something you love.

Gabriel Hypes can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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