Whiplash, review


Damien Chazzelle’s (seriously, where has this guy been hiding?) Whiplash is a piece of cinema for true film fans. While not for everyone, Chazzelle has masterfully created not just a feature film, but a cinematic experience. The director is  believed to of said that he wanted Whiplash to be a film that did for music what Scorsese’s Raging Bull did for boxing. He succeeded. Shot in nineteen days and edited in just ten the film looks aesthetically pristine and carries with it an edgy atmospheric tone that gives way to this sense of, well, you never really know what, but something pretty meaningful.

Miles Teller (the new actor on the block, who performed all of the drumming scenes himself – seriously, that talent?!) and J. K. Simmons are at the centre of Chazzelle’s masterpiece and individually stand out as a force all of their own. Simmons was just graced with…

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