Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash (2014)

Running Time: 107 minutes

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

An indie drama that revolves around a promising young drummer, Andrew (Teller) who is chasing after his dreams of being one of the greatest musicians/drummer. He enrolls at the top music conservatory and not long afterwards he finds himself selected by one of the best instructors in school, Fletcher (Simmons) to play in his class band. How far is Andrew willing to go to achieve his dream and how far is Fletcher willing to push to get the best out of his students?

After months of not penning a review, I couldn’t help but write my thoughts about this film upon watching it, and I think this is largely due to the adrenaline that one feels from watching the film. The premises of the film is simple and it almost felt predictable in the first 15-20 minutes of the film. But as the film develops, we watch the characters’ personality revealed and that’s when it hooks in the audience. The film is intense, captivating, emotional and in some ways mind-blowing.

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Miles Teller, as a rising actor, is proving film after film that he is a force to be reckon with, and this can be seen clearly by his upcoming projecs, the reboot of The Fantastic Four and the sequel to Divergent. His performance stood out in both The Spectacular Now and That Awkward Moment, but in this film, he truly owned the screen, and carried the film effortlessly. And of course, this wouldn’t be possible without his on-screen partner, J.K. Simmons who gave an equally strong, mesmerizing and commanding performance. When these two are in a scene together, there are moments you aren’t sure who to watch. Both these actors have created such astounding performances that one just can’t help keep their eyes off the screen for more.

The writer and director of the film, Damien Chazelle, did an amazing job in creating such an intense story out of what could have been a predictable or mediocre film. He created two anti-heroes which creates a dilemma for the audience to ponder whether they should be rooting for the protagonist or not. One moment you like them and pitied them, the next you can’t help but despise what they are doing.

All in all, Whiplash is an exhilarating film that is inspiring, yet makes you question how far one is willing to go to achieve greatness, and whether all the work, dedication and sacrifice is worth it all in the end of the day. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8 1/2 out of 10



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