Whiplash (2014) – Encore Review


“I was there to push people beyond what’s expected of them. I believe that’s an absolute necessity.” – Terence Fletcher

Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Jan 2015 and 2 Feb 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring drummer devotes his life to his carft and must endure the verbal abuse of his mentor and teacher who won’t accept anything less than perfection.

My Take on it – This is a film that takes a simple subject and finds a way to break things down in a way that shows the complexities of life especially when striving for greatness.

The movie is so intense that it’s very enjoyable to watch as things unfold.

The cast is superb here.

Miles Teller is great in the lead and shows how much his character will do in order to be the best.

He is eclipsed tho in every scene that J.K. Simmons appears in because his performance is off the scale here.

Simmons plays his character so viciously that it’s hard to watch yet at the same time even more difficult to turn away.

Simmons won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role and was quite deserving of that award and all of the others that he garnered for his work here.

He plays the kind of teacher we all wish we had but at the same time cringe at the thought of having someone push us past our limits in a very verbally abusive fashion which works so well here.

The dialogue is written really well and the delivery is crisp and curt and never lets up throughout.

Loved seeing Paul Reiser in a small yet significant part.

This is the kind of movie that deals with how much people are willing to do and to what distances they will go to in order to be the best.

The hard work and perseverance needed to achieve that goal is not simple and this film shows how tough that can be also.

The way that the story unfolds is great to watch because it is done in such a realistic way and it works so well because of that.

Bottom Line – Really intense and enjoyable film that works because of the tight script along with the superb acting. Teller is great in the lead role, but Simmons steals every scene in his supporting role that won him an Oscar. The dialogue is amazingly crisp and curt and delivered with perfection the whole way through. This film deals with the lengths people will go to in order to be the best. The way that they depict the amount of hard work and perseverance of these characters while striving for that greatness is incredible to watch because it comes across so realistically. The story seems so simple, yet once one breaks things down, it’s easy to see how complex it truly is. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the more intense practice scenes, the director wouldn’t yell, “cut!” so that Miles Teller would keep drumming until he exhausted himself. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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