The editing draws you into the music, the tension, and the stakes. The acting of the two main leads is great. The cinematography was a bit too dark and exaggerated at times. However, the entire mentor-student relationship, notion of pursuing artistic greatness and overall message wasn't nuanced enough, too blunt and forced for me to really appreciate - also girl sub-pot was superflous. Great ending though. 2.5
My passion for drums got me interested in this movie when i realized it existed. The story and the pace of it grabbed my attention since the beggining, and the evolution of the main character till it's peak at the end of the movie is formidable. The last 20 minutes are incredible, the performance is great and ends on a high note. [there are no two words in the english language more harmful than good job]
It seems to come across if your a lover of jazz then the only way you can achieve full appreciation is having the mentality of a psychopath and abusing upcoming lovers of the genre to hate yourself that everything you do is worthless and pointless. Lovers and family are thrown aside and only the acknowledgement praise of someone who by definition is a total ass-hole makes it valid so you can become one yourself.
Good thing Chazelle doesn't let the niceties of classical music get in the way of this hard truth: can you really achieve peak machismo bullshit if your screaming circle jerk doesn't come with a lot of blood and even a horrific car crash for good measure? You're sorely mistaken if you happen to think the film is critiquing or even questioning these two assholes' behavior... it worships them.
This film utterly fails the Bechdel test and relies on heavily misogynistic stereotypes; also, the jazz school is co-ed but there are literally NO women in the band? Like they went out of their way to exclude women...laughable. Oh yeah and the entire film is a glorification of mental illness and emotional abuse. Chazelle makes the dangerous implication that suicide is for the weak??! So what if the editing is good?..
What does it take to be the best? And what happens when you get it? Does being talked about at a dinner table nearly a century later really matter more than being happy? One of the best scripts, scores and casts ever backed up by some of the best cinematography, and editing ever, this fantastically paced downward spiral of a jazz drummer marks Damien Chazelle as a man to watch out for.