Whiplash

October 20, 2014

Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in WHIPLASH.

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Written by: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell

Rating: R

Running Time: 106 minutes

Damien Chazelle’s great second feature film about a promising young drummer attending a music conservatory is supported by amazing performances from J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Simmons, especially, is hypnotic as a tyrannical instructor using military drill sergeant tactics to get the best from the school’s top jazz band. Miles, overshadowed by Simmons, keeps up with his co-star, and by the end, in a flourish of pure moxy, demonstrates that WHIPLASH is his film. It should also be noted that Tom Cross, the film’s editor, does a masterful job of editing that compliments the film’s musical rhythm and themes.

Grade: A+

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