Countless critics have been buzzing about Whiplash, the film that took home 2014s Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. The film is from writer and director Damien Chazelle (Grand Piano) and is based upon the director’s 2013 award winning short. The film follows a very talented drummer, Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), who attends the country’s top Jazz school; at the school, a volatile instructor, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), attempts to push Andrew to his breaking point: and to call him volatile would be underselling his psychopathic tendencies.
Obviously, the premise of the film sounds artsy and pretentious, but if the clip is any indication (besides the glowing reviews) then moviegoers are in for powerhouse performances from two talented actors. Miles Teller, who is fantastic in last year’s The Spectacular Now and will be in The Fantastic Four reboot, has ‘A-list’ charisma with the talent to back it up. And J.K. Simmons, who became famous for playing J. Jonah Jameson in Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, always held the potential to be more than a character actor.
Sadly, besides its Sundance coverage, few people have been talking about Whiplash. Personally, this is on my most anticipated fall movie list and I cannot wait until its limited release on October 10. Hopefully between now and then, the movie will get more coverage and a wider release.
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