Whiplash (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Whiplash (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a film.  Mark my words if not the film of the year Whiplash will certainly be up there on a very short list.  From top notch performances, some of the best use of editing and music I’ve seen in a long time and with a story and characters you buy into 100%, cinema doesn’t get any more enthralling than this.  Can’t recommend this enough.

Best Bit: JK Simmons

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Birdman, Nightcrawler, Boyhood

 

 


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Best Film of 2015: Whiplash

Best Film of 2015: Whiplash

Best & Worst Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a film.  Mark my words if not the film of the year Whiplash will certainly be up there on a very short list.  From top notch performances, some of the best use of editing and music I’ve seen in a long time and with a story and characters you buy into 100%, cinema doesn’t get any more enthralling than this.  Can’t recommend this enough.

Best Bit: JK Simmons

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Birdman, Nightcrawler, Boyhood

 

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Whiplash – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Whiplash – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What a film.  Mark my words if not the film of the year Whiplash will certainly be up there on a very short list.  From top notch performances, some of the best use of editing and music I’ve seen in a long time and with a story and characters you buy into 100%, cinema doesn’t get any more enthralling than this.  Can’t recommend this enough.

Best Bit: JK Simmons

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Birdman, Nightcrawler, Boyhood

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Whiplashed Reviewed

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Whiplashed Reviewed

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Andrew (Teller) is an aspiring jazz student at a well respected music college in New York. Desperate to be the best at his craft,he manages to catch the  eye of legendary conductor Terrence Fletcher (Simmons)  – and lands a much coveted place in the school jazz band as a stand in drummer.

 

From the above plot description you would think that this isn’t the most original story and probably sounds alot like something out of High School Musical or Glee. Putting it mildly – nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Now most films that i watch these days are ether good, average or crap, and in an age of endless remakes, sequels and Michael Bay directed nonsense, it is a complete rarity for me to emerge from a cinema and immediately declare that i have just seen a film so astounding  that it immediately goes into my top 50 favorites of all time.

Well Whiplash qualifies – in spades.

For a start, Damien Chazelle’s direction is superb, mercifully unpretentious and his script is one of the best you will ever bear witness to.

However, this would be for naught had it not been for the brilliance of the two central performances. JK Simmons is frankly  amazing as Fletcher, a muscular, shaven headed monster of a man who thinks nothing of throwing everything from instruments to rage fueled insults at any member of his band who dares play a note out of key or cant keep up with his exacting levels of musical perfection.

Then there is Miles Teller, who excels as Andrew, initially coming across as just a shy loner but quickly emerging as an almost sociopathic, sometimes dislikeable  individual with a maniacal obsession at being the next great jazz drummer.

I could go on , but to to say anymore would spoil the experience for anyone planning to see it.

So I will conclude with just this – Never in my movie going life would i have  thought that i would see a film about Jazz music  that was not just incredibly acted, written and directed but was exciting and relentlessly entertaining, had me on the edge of my seat and wishing for more.

A stunning film, destined to be a classic and deserving of every single award it is nominated for.

 

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Author: Will Strong