Review: Whiplash

Are you rushing or are you dragging?

I played the drums all through high school. When I was in junior high, I had an awful band teacher. He was rude and picky and he kind of made me hate the instruments I had grown to love so much. Seeing Fletcher in action made me realize I had it easy.

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a jazz drummer that has been accepted into the most prestigious music school in the country. One that has a studio band run by a very aggressive conductor, Terrence Fletcher. (J.K Simmons) Fletcher pulls Andrew from practice one day and lets him sit in the studio band. He feels a little cocky about it, and soon Fletcher begins to break him down in some pretty extreme ways. 

When you think of intense movies, you think of thrillers, war movies, car chases, probably not jazz music. This is honestly one of the most intense movies I've ever seen. I thought I was going to have a genuine anxiety attack on behalf of Andrew a few times. This is brilliant film making, and the ending is one of the best I've ever seen.

Obviously Simmons is great, he's winning every award there is out there and rightfully so, but Teller isn't getting nearly enough credit. This is the best performance I've seen him give too.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A+

Memorable Quote: "Four words you'll never hear from the NFL." - Andrew (Miles Teller)

31 comments:

  1. I can't wait for this! I have this queued up in my saved section and will bump it to #1 the second it's available. Love the tie in to your school days. I took sax in school...and hated my teacher too...mostly because I wanted to take drums and she wouldn't let me :-P

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    1. lol, drums is where it's at! I was the only girl though, so I always got stuck playing the bells. Not that I minded, I was better at them.

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  2. So glad you finally saw it and liked it! Yep, that movie is the definition of intense. It was really amazing and although I preferred Norton I'm glad Simmons is winning

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    1. Oh me too. Now my Top 10 of 2014 is ready to post.

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  3. So glad you loved it! It really was intense as fuck. I felt so emotional, and I hate admitting that because it sounds so ridiculous all typed out, ahha. Just thinking about it sort of gives me a high. That ending was everything!!!
    Great post!!!

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    1. I know how you feel. I don't think my husband quite understands how intense this movie was. He hasn't seen it yet.

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  4. Wow...i thought this was kinda boring and ridiculous at times. but i did like simmons :(

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    1. Lol, way to kill my buzz, Candice! Kidding :)

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  5. Man, I was blown away by that film. Especially that last sequence.

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  6. I'm glad you loved this so much! I am hoping to see it in the next couple of days.

    My junior high band teacher used to hit students with his baton. :-/

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    1. Lol. Can you imagine a teacher doing that today? Mine just yelled all the time.

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  7. So glad you loved Whiplash this much. I can't wait for Chazelle's next effort. Apparently it is called La La Land and stars Teller and Emma Watson.

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    1. I will definitely check that out when it hits!

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  8. I wasn't expecting to like Whiplash a lot, but it was so amazing. Fletcher sort of reminded me a bit of my teachers too, that they're perfectionists. Miles Teller did give a wonderful performance, the best of his I've seen so far.

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    1. When I first heard about it, I wasn't expecting much either, but oh that changed!

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  9. Ugh. I desperately want to see this. Simmons has been everywhere getting praise for this, only furthering my frustration. Teller looks like he goes through some shit in this one. Poor guy.

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    1. He really did. He did all that drumming himself. I hope you get to see it soon.

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  10. I can't wait to see this one Brittani! Great review. Simmons is probably one of absolute favorite actors. He's just brilliant.

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    1. He's next level amazing here! I hope you get to see it soon, and that you love it as much as I did.

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  11. Great review. This is the little movie that could. It has caught a lot of people's attention and it seems like there may be more to Miles Teller than the idiotic raunchy comedies. And Simmons is something, right. He has his Oscar in the bag.

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    1. Oh for sure, Teller was great here. It's a shame Lead Actor was such a heavy category this year,then I think he would've gotten more praise.

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  12. I saw this yesterday and concerned about whether it would match the praise given to it from almost every corner of the movie internet world. Thankfully, I found to be a superb film. Best film of the year, and I hate joining bandwagons. Simmons' performance was simply captivating, as was Teller's.

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    1. I know how you feel about bandwagons, but sometimes they're worth the hype, and this one certainly is. I'm glad you loved it!

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  13. LOVED this movie. I'm going to see it for a third time this week, because my boyfriend hasn't seen it yet. I love the reactions of friends when they see this movie :)

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    1. Oh I know! The audience in the theater I was in were all gasping and what not. It was a fun experience. I will be buying this on DVD for sure.

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  14. This movie was great! So intense, and both Teller and Simmons did a terrific job. I took trumpet for a semester in middle school, but I never had an experience remotely close to Andrew.

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  15. Greatness is appalling in a meritocracy like ours, simply because it cannot be duplicated: hardly anyone is crazy enough to try. Greatness is equally wonderful for those same reasons. Appalling and wonderful are apt adjectives for this great movie.

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