I fully accept that this is my personal bias. Maybe I just feel less cheated by La La Land. But I think Whiplash is the type of movie I will always be able to appreciate, but never love.
I really wanted to love First Man going in. But my reaction to seeing the movie was just a warm enjoyment of it. A lot of what I’m going to say in this review might imply that I think this was a bad movie, which I didn’t. Damien Chazelle had a distinct vision for the film and he was able to carry it out well. I just didn’t happen to buy into much of what he was trying to do.