So earlier this week I went to see the much talked about La La Land. One of those feel good films that still brings a tear to the eye. A musical where: the performers are definitely actors rather than singers; the dancing falls short of many of the performances on Strictly; the backdrops look almost painted; the full ensemble routines are like something out of a 1920's cabaret show; the settings are all so familiar and cliched.
But I loved it. The soundtrack had some brilliant jazz pieces, the whole film oozed the nostalgia of an earlier Hollywood era; Ryan Gosling was absolutely stunning in role and ably matched by Emma Stone whose expressive features simply captivate.
Underneath it all there were some subtle messages about ambition and dreams. Put simply La La Land is not real, it is but the stuff of dreams and cannot exist or, if it does, there is no permanence.
I guess the nearest I have ever got to La La Land is retirement. When career aspirations are no more, the dreams can become a reality.