I think this is a movie whose core subject is life in your twenties in Los Angeles. It’s in the guise of a musical, strung out in the plot of a love story.
The fact that Mia gets her car towed and has to walk to the yard to pick it up – this happens more than people know.
The indigo and deep blue cool colors that suffuse the nights. The pretty lights of LA seen from above the hills. Very accurate.
There is more distance between people than in other cities. Because of cars, because of the space between buildings, because people will say ‘yeah, let’s go out,’ and then feel lazy and not want to because of the inertial wall of getting dressed, getting in your car, navigating the traffic and finding parking, etc. Like Mia not wanting to go out in the beginning of the movie. Although it’s probably now with Uber.
When everyone moves to LA, you cast your social net as wide as possible, but then you meet someone, and your circle becomes smaller. Then, like in the movie, you interact with few people besides the one you’ve chosen. It resonated with me that Seb and Mia talk to almost no one but each other. It’s a very lonely life set amidst a beautiful backdrop.
LA is a desert. It’s a city of dreams that can just as easily be mirages, and you move there to pursue something. Living there is to choose to alternate between absolute technicolor euphoria, and the somber nights when the distances between people seem uncrossable.
Then: when you’ve made it, you’ll look back and wonder if this is actually what you wanted, when you were 25.