Brilliant film featuring a nine minute drum solo (no really).
Whiplash has gone straight into the IMDB top 250 at #38 and has been nominated for five Oscars despite being one of the lowest grossing best picture nominees ever. I can safely say Whiplash lives up to the hype.
On my blog back in March of last year after watching Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now and Rabbit Hole I said he was ‘definitely one to watch for the future’ (this might sound like showing off but I am only right about stuff once or twice a year so fuck you guys). In Whiplash Teller is a revelation. He is a whirlwind, with the intensity of Ed Norton and the passion of Di Caprio. It is a scandal that he hasn’t been nominated for best actor at this year Oscars but he WILL be nominated in years to come.
The supporting cast is fine but Whiplash is totally a two man show. The tension between Teller and almost equally astounding J. K. Simmons is palpable. Teller is in every scene but when paired with Simmons it feels like they don’t even come up for air.
This was clearly a passion project for rookie director Damien Chazelle and he also takes plenty of risks which only makes Whiplash more satisfying as both a piece of art (and it is art) and as a massive success.
I was sucked in, I was invested in the characters and Whiplash grabbed hold of me from start to finish. The friction and understanding between Simmons and Teller makes Whiplash a must watch. No excuses.
IMDB TOP 250 #38
WON 3 OSCARS (5 NOMINATIONS)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – JK SIMMONS
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST FILM EDITING