MOVIES I SHOULD HAVE WATCHED AGES AGO…
Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability – and his sanity.
Whiplash is written and directed by Damien Chazzelle, who for all ranking and record keeping is my favorite writer and director for the time being.
Why? His balance of style and substance is so well mastered that the well crafted direction keeps you focusing on the story, embellishing it at every turn.
Watching Miles Teller dissappear down the 🐰 rabbit hole in pursuit of genius if even remotely possible is interesting to watch. JK Simmons is the pressure that forces diamonds out of Miles Teller’ character, or rather motivates him to.
Watching the two ping pong back and forth as the stakes raised and boundaries are crossed is some really watchable cinema. The type you can rewatchable again just to recapture a moment or witness a truly awesome scene.
The film is comprised of scenes like this slotted alongside each other with some very steady pacing. The synopsis says Teller’ charter’ pursuit begins to change him. While true I would have liked to see more of that in the relationship department. Melissa Benoit isn’t savagely underused but the film I believe was going for potency as the only relationship that really has any gravity to our protagonist is that he shares with his mentor, for better or worse.
Here lies the heart off the film; is he truly better of for being mentored by this teacher to end all teachers-is there a prodigy arising from the ashes of the young man he used to be? or is he simply to naive to see that his abusive musical 🎶 mentor is not fit to teach? Or interestingly still, perhaps it’s both. 🤔🤔🤔
By the end of the film you’ll be asking the same questions or answering them definitively. One thing is certain; this is great cinema with a simple but captivating story set to the tune of some foot tapping jazz🎺 .