The subtle power of this film is that he changes the way you see the way you see the world. It's not so much that you notice the little things as you go about your day. Rather, you notice what you're noticing. At least, that's what it did for me. It functions like a great piece of poetry in that regard. Suddenly I'm aware of how much (or little) I'm seeing.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It would be very easy to walk away from this film thinking that it ends in triumph, but that would be a much too shallow reading. There are so many layers and subtleties here. Chazelle does such a good of thrilling you, while at the same time encouraging you to question whether or not you should be thrilled. He does this with a masterful use of the cinematic language.
The film begins and ends with Andrew (can we please continue…