Whiplash (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Whiplash (2015) – A Revisited 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

 

 


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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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After the cliffhanger ending of Insurgent, Tris, Four, Peter et al escape from the walled confines of the future Chicago and make their way across the scorched ruins of the Earth to find what remains of the government and by  doing so bring an end to the violence that has erupted in their home city.

Im struggling to muster the strength to write this review so please bear with me. As you may be aware i am not the biggest fan of the YA genre and even less so of the Divergent franchise. Its not that they are by any means bad films – no indeed  -in fact on a technical level they are very good and Allegiant (third in the series) is no exception. On the whole Its well directed by Robert Schwentke and the set designs and SFX are quite inventive in places. My problem with this film and others like it is that its so damned average in its story telling and characters.
To begin with the plot simply meanders along never once becoming engaging or interesting, all the characters are ether complete drips (Woddley and James being the worst offenders) totally bland (Kravitz and Watts) or simply dislikable. Which means that you dont really care who lives or dies and consequently are never invested in the story as a whole. Only the great Jeff Daniels makes any impact as the chief baddie – but sadly he isnt on screen enough for one to really sit up and take notice.
Perhaps im being too harsh as these types of films are not aimed at my age group – they are for teenage girls and pre pubescent boys who can alternately moon over  Woodley or James all the while never giving a damn about anything else going on. So if you are one of those people then i guess you will like Allegiant and good luck if you do  – the rest of us can happily avoid it and confine ourselves to proper movie going experiences .

To be honest that really is all i have to say about this one  – i wish i could go into more depth but when one has watched something as average as this it really isnt worth it.

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Author: Will Strong 

 

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