RATED: R (for strong language including some sexual references)
NOT IN 3D
NOT IN RPX
Whiplash (directed by Damien Chazelle) is intense. As the film continued forwards, my stomach got more and more knotted and I grew closer to the edge of my seat. The film is truly a two man show, a psychological war between Miles Teller and J.K Simmons. Both are great, I wouldn’t be surprised if they both come home with Oscars. The cinematography is also genius, the camera will zoom in on just a single drum to show intensity, and it even went first person at times. Whiplash tells the story of obsession and what it does to someone. A prodigious jazz drummer (named Andrew, played by Teller) goes to Shafer College and is invited to join the Studio Band. The teacher for the studio band (named Fletcher, played by Simmons) assigns Andrew to alternate drums. Fletcher challenges Andrew, he yells at him, he throws obstacles at him, and he constantly brings up Andrew’s tough life as a child. I’m not going to tell anymore because when I saw it, all I knew was that it had J.K Simmons and Miles Teller and it involved drums. I actually think I enjoyed it more having only that much information and I’m glad I didn’t know very much about it. The writing is outstanding and once again, it really got under my skin and sent chills down my spine at scenes. I seriously advise that most if not all people should see this film, it’s definitely one of the year’s best.