Whiplash – 9.5/10 Brief synopsis – First year music student with a world of talent and drive gets noticed by a hard noised no nonsense teacher that has tactics of getting the most out of students which are not used at schools any longer. This movie brings out things in people that love music that you didn’t know were there. If you are a musician this movie should be the bible for somebody that wants to be great. The intensity of this movie is of utter brilliance, original screenplay and realistic situations make this movie stand out from any other musical competition type of movie out there. Usually this type of intensity is left to sports (they actually touch on that in a thoughtful family dinner scene.) Miles Teller is a beast. His drive and ferocity to not be forgotten leaves you with an appreciation for anybody that has ever picked up drum sticks. JK Simmons is fantastic as the no nonsense, bust your balls professor that is striving for perfection with every note. You can see both actors actual love for music shine out all throughout this movie.
Whiplash is a an edge of your seat drama. My love for music has allowed me to relate to the main character. Even if you are on the edge with music knowledge or love for music you can appreciate the dedication that is put forth by the student. Watching the pain that he goes through to become not just a great drummer, but one of the best. I could watch this movie a couple of times and still get goose bumps. If you get a chance to check out this gem. It’s one of the best movies I have seen in quite a while.