REVIEW: Not often do you come across a movie that seems so perfect and flawless. In my opinion, Whiplash is nothing short of that. You can quote me on this- Whiplash is the best film of the year 2014(so far). Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons both have award winning performances. Every time you think you know where the story is going, it swerves you and keeps you on your toes. Whiplash is not like every “coming of age” movie. I can guarantee you this, if you plan on watching this film, it will be something you never expected.
The movie starts off with Andrew Neyman(Miles Teller) practicing his drumming in an empty room. He is a perfectionist. As he is playing, a teacher by the name of Terence Fletcher(J.K. Simmons) stops by and watches. Fletcher gives Andrew certain genres to play, and as Andrew is trying his hardest, Fletcher leaves without saying a word. From that moment on, you already knew the type of person Fletcher would be. We then learn that Andrew is enrolled in a music conservatory, and that Fletcher is a conductor of a competition winning jazz band. His style of teaching mimics that of a drill sergeant. Andrew wants nothing more than to be on Fletcher’s band because he thinks it will be one step closer for him to reach greatness as a drummer.
I honestly walked into this movie blind. I knew it starred Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. You might know Miles Teller from films like 21 and Over and That Awkward Moment. If you read Hella Butter a lot, then you know by now that he will be playing Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot(or whatever they want to call it). J.K. Simmons is another actor i am a fan of. Most will know him by his roles in Juno(Juno’s dad) and the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy as J. Jonah Jameson. His role in this film is what people will be talking about once the audiences leave. He is abusive emotionally and physically to the students as the jazz conductor. Even to the point of having his students play till they are bleeding. Yea, it’s that serious. I honestly believe that these two actors should be nominated come award season. You potentially have both of their greatest works to date. Miles Teller should honestly lean more towards the serious side of acting, rather then his past comedic roles. The guy definitely has that “IT” factor while on the screen. The movie was directed beautifully by Damien Chazelle. If people didn’t know who he was before(me included), you will now. The fact that he can make you think you know what is going to happen, and then completely surprise you is just amazing. Especially with a movie that has a plot so simple as this.
By doing this review on Whiplash, i am hoping to spread the word to the people who have not heard about it. It’s not your big budget type of film. Hell, i don’t even think commercials play the trailer on TV. I’m hoping that if you are reading this, you will go find a theater near you that is playing this film…and watch it. You will not be disappointed. I give Whiplash a 10/10.