I’ve now watched the movie Whiplash three times, and I see clearly why Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 94% rating. The movie is riveting, intense, and well-acted.
Academy Awarded for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons…he’s incredible), Best Achievement in Film Editing, and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. It not only won 3 Oscars, it received 96 other nominations with a total of 90 wins.
Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It’s electrifying.– Peter Travers·Rolling Stone
More Full Metal Jacket than Dead Poet’s Society, the film is an epic battle of wills between two fanatical artists, one doing everything in his power to painfully make a master out of the other.– A.A. Dowd·A.V. American Kennel Club
Indeed, Whiplash is a dramatization that takes everything to extremes, which makes a great platform for the actors. The relationship between Fletcher, the drumming instructor (J.K. Simmons and the hungry student, Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is not just intense, it’s incredibly engaging, and one of the major focuses in the storyline. The final scene is a wonderful culmination of the power-play and rather twisted relationship between the two, all wrapped up in an incredible drumming solo.
Rated R for violence and language content
If you’re a music/jazz lover, this is a great flick to see.