Movie Review – Whiplash

by Donald Hanson • December 18, 2014 • Movie ReviewsComments (0)2107


When a movie like Whiplash receives high praise and a lot of Oscar buzz reviewing it becomes difficult. I hate having high expectations forced upon me when I prefer to have no expectations at all. The situation becomes complicated as I feel a certain amount of pressure to like it. And on the other hand there is pressure on the movie from my point of view to be good.


I really didn’t know much about the story going in but the opening scene gave me an impression of what the movie was going to be about. My initial thoughts were”I know exactly what the formula of this movie is going to be” and I felt kind of disappointed. Boy was I wrong. This movie went in a completely different direction from what I was expecting and that is a good thing.


The movie centers around aspiring drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) and conductor and Musician Fletcher (J. K. Simmons) and their relationship. Teller and Simmons turn in amazing performances brimming with raw intensity and complex subtleties.


For about the first 30 minutes I was very harsh on this film thinking that it would be predictable and like other movies that I have seen. By the end this movie rally blew me away even with the high expectations I had at the outset. The story is insightful, original and mature and the superb acting kept me engrossed throughout. This is definitely one of the best films of the year.

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