Damien Chazelle is arguably the most ‘exciting’ and respected young director in Hollywood, as he has already delivered multiple critical darling films and won multiple Oscars for both himself and his cast/crew, so it is always going to be a big deal when he comes to Netflix to do a series.
However, after watching the first the first few episodes, I was finding it a real chore to get through. I had no desire to keep watching this story or these characters, but I persisted due to review commitments, and I am glad I did.
While it doesn’t become a sudden masterpiece, it does become good easy viewing, although it is better spaced out instead of binge. You can lose yourself for an hour a day in the messy lives of these characters in modern day Paris.
Jazz is clearly the love of Damien Chazelle’s life, and it resonates heavily throughout here. It doesn’t have the same lasting effect as La La Land, but the soundtrack is still impressive, with ‘Kiss Me In The Morning’ and ‘The Eddy’ being particularly effective songs.
Andre Holland and Amandla Stenberg do good work, and the rest of the cast are decent too, but the standout is ‘Cold War’ star Joanna Kulig who not only has a beautiful voice but real acting talent.
It wasn’t the show I was hoping it would be, but it’s certainly an interesting piece of work.
Rating = 3.5/5