|Opening dance sequence: flying above gridlocked cars. Credit: Lionsgate|
But LaLa Land both embraces and makes fun of LA's car obsession. The musical starts with an epic traffic jam, one of those gridlocked days when you start thinking that you will never, ever emerge from this mess. Then a woman exits her car - and starts singing. And dancing. Others join in , and suddenly a traffic jam is a chance to actually jam.
|Ryan Gosling, too cool for school in his convertible Buick. Credit: Lionsgate|
And the other lead, Emma Stone's character, Mia, drives a Prius. This is mocked, too - when the couple leave a party, she says her car is a Prius - and the entire valet stand is filled with Prius key fobs.
Sebastian and Mia meet when she parks her car illegally, it gets towed and she walks into the club where he works.
Though I wonder why she didn't just call an Uber.