Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now,” “Divergent”) and J.K. Simmons (“Law & Order,” “Spider-Man” film trilogy”) stars in the critically acclaimed jazz music drama film entitled “Whiplash.” It premiered in the U.S. on Oct. 10, 2014. It is written and directed by “The Last Exorcism Part II” helmer Damien Chazelle. Read on to learn more about the review for this movie.
“Whiplash” is based on the well-received short film Chazelle made starring J.K. Simmons alongside John Simmons who played the student prodigy role. It was made into a full-length film with Teller as Andrew Neyman and was also lauded with awards by critics at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.
“Whiplash” Movie Synopsis:
How far can you go to reach your dreams? Miles Teller moves away from his “college jock” roles and takes on a character who shares his love and passion for drumming. In “Whiplash,” Teller plays a highschool musical prodigy named Andrew Neyman who attends as a student at the Schaffer Conservatory of Music.
During one of his practices, he was accidentally visited by the perfectionist conductor/instructor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), who invited him to join a band of student jazz ensemble. From there on, Fletcher and Neyman eventually found out their shared goal in reaching perfection to the extent of hurting the people around them and eventually, themselves.
“Whiplash” Movie Review:
The 2014 film garnered a 96 percent of approval from Rotten Tomatoes. It was also given a score of 88 percent by Metacritic and an 8.3 out of 10 rating from the 1,304 IMDb voters.
Variety’s very own Peter Debruge lauded “Whiplash” as it steps away from the common cliches found in movies under the genre of musical-prodigy.
“Investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena.” said Debruge in his review posted on Variety.
A.A. Dowd of AV Club pointed out the film noted its similarity to “Full Metal Jacket” rather than “Dead Poet’s Society.” Dowd gave the film an impressive A rating.
Moreover, Indiewire included “Whiplash” and its main actors in their annual Oscar predictions. The film is among the frontrunners for Best Picture. On the other hand, Teller was added as a contender for Best Actor while Simmons was a frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actor.
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