GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH is an exceptional directorial debut from Damien Chazelle. Despite of the limitation Chazelle was able to create a unique musical romance. Since I watched this movie without subtitles, I may not be able to understand entirely. But I still get the point of the story. Shot in a (handheld) black & white made this movie had a cinema-verite vibes (and maybe a little bit of French New Wave)
Solid first film and essentially the first run through for La La Land. I think given the confinements of the budget and the 16mm style, this is an amazing first effort. If you like any of Chazelle's later work, def check this out. The seeds are all there. 4 stars
Chazelle lets out a whole lot of flair in this one that I didn't pick up on the first time. The two big highlights are the tap dance battle (and subsequent whip pan from trumpet to tap) and then obviously Boy In The Park, a truly magnificent sequence. There's a LOT of La La Land here as well. This. My. Boy.
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.
French New Wave meets New York and Jazz. Oddly, it works. New York is always transcendent in black and white. When the cast breaks into song and dance in the middle of a naturalistic scenario it pretty much drew me into its purely romantic musical whimsy. I may actually give ‘La La Land’ a chance, although I’ve been skeptical and avoided it until now. Curious to see this approach in a big Hollywood production.
Hesitant to watch this as I did not enjoy CGI-ridden, overly glossy, whitewashed "La La Land." Happy to learn that this original film is filled with idiosyncratic and diverse actors (not an anorexic star in sight), including actual musicians. The tap dancing numbers are wonderful. So exquisite compared with Stone & Gosling lumbering about in an unintentional parody of good dancing. Why, Hollywood, why?
I saw the film La La Land in the theaters and was thrilled it was not some boring musical. I had to admit, the singing and performances were breathtaking. This film is better than the one that came after. If I had the complete photograph and the aspect and the ratio of the negative, my opinion is to have greater certainty as to the number of stars.
Set in a heightened musical and whimsical world of jass and washed black and white. The film does not focus on narrative nor should it. Scene to scene the characters grow naturally and become more human for the audience. The play of music and sound is purposeful and does not take the easy route as so many musicals do. Ahead of its time it feels hipsterian in all the right ways. It is a perfectly small charming film.