Whiplash tells the story of Andrew Nieman, a promising young jazz drummer who enrolls at a cutthroat music observatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring: Miles Teller and J.K Simmons, Whiplash is a heart-pounding, exhilarating ride that is driven by it’s two main stars and their fantastic performances. The film is so incredibly intense and I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a movie as intense as this one.
Miles Teller is very talented actor, a star in the making and he shows exactly how much talent he possesses in this breakthrough performance playing the protagonist Andrew Nieman. While Teller is very good he is somewhat overshadowed by J.K Simmons and his electrifying performance as Terence Fletcher, Nieman’s teacher. Simmons is one of the best character actors in Hollywood, He’s known mostly for his supporting performances as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and supporting roles in just about every Jason Reitman movie, However the performance he has on offer here is truly something else unlike anything he’s ever done. Playing the antagonist Simmons’s performance is sadistic and captivating. His character is very reminiscent to R. Lee Ermey’ character from Full Metal Jacket.
While Music is the central theme of the movie it is about so much more than just that. Whiplash is essentially a film about a student who is willing to kill himself to accomplish his goal and a teacher who is willing to kill his student to get the best out of him. The movie is very moving emotionally and gripping. The film is loaded with intense and amazing scenes. the writing from Chazelle is top-notch, the dialogue is well-written and the character development is also excellent the movie s fast paced and the direction is incredibly deft.
All in all, Whiplash is a fantastic, past-paced exhilarating movie that features two outstanding performances from Miles Teller and J.K Simmons. It’s one of the most intense films you are ever likely to see and one of the best movies of 2014.