Whiplash feels like a sleeper hit. But on the other hand, it’s a movie everyone seemed to talk about for a week (right around the 87th Academy Awards), and then promptly forgot about it. This may be because it didn’t win best picture, coming in behind Birdman. But it did win Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons.
This film is a tough watch, though I won’t go into the nitty-gritty. If you’re okay with tough dramas, it’s best you watch it as cold as possible. I will, however, share the synopsis here:
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.
The music is great, it’ll make you want to revisit the jazz genre. The acting is good, Simmons is incredible and terrifying. It’s all around a good film, both fresh and familiar. I’m conflicted about sharing the trailer here. It sells the movie well, but tends to spoil some of the plot. If you’re already interested, I suggest you skip it and go ahead and watch it instead of the trailer.