“Whiplash” (2014)

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FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Tonight I saw the Academy-award winning (for Best Supporting Actor) movie “Whiplash” which stars Miles Teller (Divergent, The Spectacular Now), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, The Closer [TV series]), Paul Reiser (Aliens, Mad About You [TV series]), Melissa Benoist (Glee [TV series], The Longest Ride), Austin Stowell (Dolphin Tale, Love and Honor), and Nate Lang (What Maisie Knew, Funny or Die Presents…[TV series]). It is directed by Damien Chazelle (Grand Piano, The Last Exorcism Part II). The film is about a young adult named Andrew Neimann (Teller) who dreams of becoming a legendary drummer. He attends a prestigious music academy and hopes to work his way up to the big leagues at the school, which would mean having to get in with the famous teacher known as Fletcher (Simmons). Fletcher is a very strict man and only takes in the best of the best. One day, he decides to take Andrew in to fill in for an alternate drummer that has left. What Andrew thinks is his big break turns out to be a very long and intense nightmare.

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Intense. That is what best describes this movie. When you watch this movie, you are never fully calm. The plotline of this film is just awesome. I was interested throughout the whole movie and became invested into the characters and wondering what will happen in the end. I mean, when you watch this and get to the middle it makes you wonder, how can they possibly end this? The acting was magnificent, with both Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons putting on their best performances that I have ever seen them in. For a movie that doesn’t have any big budget action sequences, this movie can put you on edge. To see this kid struggle to make his dreams come true and see his teacher push him past boundaries with techniques that no teacher should never use is scary. I felt for Andrew and with J.K. Simmons killer acting, I hated Fletcher. I wanted to see Andrew succeed and Fletcher get caught the deeper I got into the film. Besides the story and acting, I thought the setting of this movie was great. All the different tones from the rustic band room to the dreary apartment and around Andrew’s neighborhood, this movie gave a great viewing of scenery. When it comes to cons, I have two. The first would be how they need to turn back the cussing a couple of notches. I mean, this movie didn’t really use much of any bad words except for the f-word. It was said almost every three seconds. Of course, it adds intensity, but there are a lot of bad words. The last con would be the ending. I thought the movie ended thirty minutes before it actually ended. Once the climax reached, I really didn’t see a point in moving forward. I did like the very ending because it provided relief, but anywhere before that and after the point where I actually thought the movie ended, it just felt like filler scenes. Overall, this movie is fantastic and I recommend anyone to watch this movie! FINAL SCORE: 93%= Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

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