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Whiplash (2014)

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Details: 107 mins · English

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A visceral drama that demands your attention.

Whiplash is a gut wrenching examination of the volatile relationships that can develop between teachers and students in the competitive world of professional music. Director Damian Chazelle borrows from his experience as a music conservatory student to meticulously recreate this high pressure, cutthroat environment at a fictional New York City conservatory, where J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller inhabit the roles of the demanding mentor and the determined prodigy. Teller even learned to play drums for the movie, so his talent feels real, adding yet another layer of authenticity and excitement to the performance scenes in this tale. Both Simmons and Teller go balls to the wall with their performances, matching one another equally in intensity, which makes the film captivating. Chazelle reveals all of the ups and downs of their complicated relationship as they fight with and for one another make the best possible music that they can together.

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Whiplash is a gut wrenching examination of the volatile relationships that can develop between teachers and students in the competitive world of professional music. Director Damian Chazelle borrows from his experience as a music conservatory student to meticulously recreate this high pressure, cutthroat environment at a fictional New York City conservatory, where J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller inhabit the roles of the demanding mentor and the determined prodigy. Teller even learned to play drums for the movie, so his talent feels real, adding yet another layer of authenticity and excitement to the performance scenes in this tale. Both Simmons and Teller go balls to the wall with their performances, matching one another equally in intensity, which makes the film captivating. Chazelle reveals all of the ups and downs of their complicated relationship as they fight with and for one another make the best possible music that they can together.

Whiplash is a visceral drama where blood is literally spilled for art. The height of its insanity comes when Teller's character walks away bloodied from a car crash to make it in time for a gig. At times it feels more like a horror movie than just a drama because its scenes of verbal and physical abuse are difficult to watch. Plus, you find yourself in a constant state of fear since you never know when one will come next. There's no denying though that Whiplash demands your attention and will keep you on the edge of your seat until its epic and satisfying conclusion. (less)

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Intense music drama. Loved it!

I feel like I am giving away far too many 5 star ratings, but this one certainly deserves one imo. It's the story of Andrew who studies drums at an elite music school in New York. He faces a teacher who employs different means of physical and emotional abuse to push his students to the best of their abilities and Andrew is determined to make it to the very top.
I am not a fan of jazz, so I didn't expect to like the musical aspects of the film. Yet, the way they were presented was so thrilling that I found myself truly loving every moment of it. (especially the scenes toward the end of the film!). The way the climax of the film was mirrored in the climax of the music was quite marvelous. I don't think I've had a film actually sort of jump out of my seat the way this one had due to being shocked at moments (in a good way). It is very well acted and watching "The Spectacular Now" and this one has turned me into a big fan of Miles Teller.

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Powerfully acted drama which poses some interesting questions about pupil-teacher relationships, the importance of art, and how far is too far when it comes to pushing someone to achieve excellence. I don't entirely agree with Fletcher's assessment that you have to basically abuse your students in order to force them to excel, much of the drumming seems to involve just hitting the drums as fast as humanly possible rather than doing anything musically interesting, and this shares La La Land's ideas about how white men have to save traditional jazz. But aside from those small reservations I enjoyed it for the intensity and the rhythmic editing.

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Cast:

Small Andrew
Small Fletcher
No_movie_poster Saxophone Player
No_movie_poster Aunt emma
No_movie_poster Metz
No_movie_poster JVC Alto Saxophone Player
No_movie_poster Nicole

Crew:

Small Damien Chazelle Directing
No_movie_poster Nicholas Britell Production
No_movie_poster Helen Estabrook Production
No_movie_poster Couper Samuelson Production
Small Damien Chazelle Writing
No_movie_poster Tom Cross Editing

Plot:

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2014-10-10 : United States of America

2013-01-18 : United States of America