Writer/director Damien Chazelle combines the cinematic sensibilities of Cassavetes and Godard in a gritty, 16mm, MGM-style musical. Backed by a score by Justin Hurwitz, the film tracks a pair of young lovers after they meet by chance in a Boston park and bond over old-timey music.
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16mm black-and-white musical magic. The diner dance sequence is delightful. I've only seen the previews for Chazelle's 'La La Land' but I can already tell there are seeds of that film in this earlier one.
About as independent as it gets. Black & white, musical, arty, mummblecore meets Goddard. Tap dancing and sublime, subtle performances. The camera work is perfectly matched to the action. Fresh. 4 stars
This 16 mm, black and white musical about a young couple's dissolution and reunion is something wholly magical and keenly in tune with the beats and rhythms of NYC. Combines Jazz, French New Wave, and old Hollywood musicals into a vibrant and lively romance brimming with joy.
2.5/10. This film identifies an early style (or at least an obsession) for Chazelle. However, the black and white plus inexplicable musical numbers comes off as twee and occasionally insufferable. Unfortunately, Chazelle here uses a fairly shallow, unaffecting romance as a vehicle for a few musical numbers. To his credit though, the diner dance sequence is a delightful little bit, definitely the film's highlight.