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“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job”.”
– Terence Fletcher

SYNOPSIS: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8.5Whoa, what an intense watch! I mean I know that the film garnered a lot of love and admiration since the release, and people have waxed lyrical about JK Simmons and the film and all that, but after finally having caught Whiplash, I get it. Whiplash is such a heavy watch, starting off innocently enough and then rocketing on to big and crazy things. Miles Teller was very good in here, and I enjoyed him, but JK Simmons is undeniably the star here. It was so interesting to watch the way that Andrew changes after he comes into contact with Fletcher, and it isn’t a small one, either, though it is gradual. I do enjoy the way this movie looks at pushing an individual to achieve more. Not everyone responds to positive reinforcement, but where are the boundaries when pushing someone? When is it too far? Whiplash explores this, and the bizarre relationship between Andrew and Fletcher will get you thinking. On one hand, you understand certain things that Fletcher does, and how he manages to get people to push themselves to achieve the very best they can, and on the other hand, Fletcher is a total toolbag that needs to be brought into line. Teller worked well, and I admire the dedication he put into the role, to up his drumming capabilities, etc. He played his part, and his splintering personality and change of attitude is mesmerizing to watch. As for Simmons? He owned the screen all the time, and when he was up there he did not fail to fascinate you and repulse you in equal measure. The film was visually stunning, and I loved the sound and the way the film was shot. It looked great. Also, the supporting characters are not really important in this movie, Whiplash is all about Andrew and Fletcher, and that is perfectly alright, seeing as it makes for a dramatic study on right, wrong, motivation, dedication, and change. Whiplash really could have gone a whole different, bland way, but the performances from Teller and Simmons, as well as the execution of the film, make it something commanding, domineering, riveting and thought-provoking. Damien Chazelle knew exactly what to do with the film to make it riveting and powerful, something that lingers for quite a while after viewing. I really loved the visuals in this, especially watching the drumming, the blood flying, the sticks, the concentration… that is without even hearing anything. It comes together very well, and I definitely enjoyed it!

32 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Whiplash (2014)

  1. Natasha says:

    Yay! I’m glad you liked it bestie!

    Great work as always

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thank you kindest! It is so good, you must watch it!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I loved the hell out of this! Easily my favourite film of the year so far and can’t wait to see it again! Great review Zoe 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      It definitely was an excellent film Chris, I cannot agree more! Thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. vinnieh says:

    I definitely need to see this film now Zoe, thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Anytime, hope you enjoy!

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      1. vinnieh says:

        I’ve heard so many excellent things about it that I’m sure it will be a winner.

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  4. alexraphael says:

    Fab review. Really liked this film. Really laughed more than I thought I would too.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Alex, glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, too! Great film, truly!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. alexraphael says:

        And that poor fat kid… 😦

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  5. Melissa C says:

    This film was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Definitely!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I thought it was fantastic. Loved every minute of it. Great review!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thank you! I had a blast with this one, worth every second!

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  7. Abbi says:

    Glad you enjoyed this. I also thought the most interesting thing about this film was looking at whether Fletcher was justified in his behaviour based on the results.

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    1. Zoë says:

      It really was well worth the watch. Definitely an interesting concept to explore.

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  8. theipc says:

    My Dearest PJB,

    Is it bad that I have no desire to ever see this as long as I live???

    Love,

    ISC

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Dearest PSC,

      Nope, you never really like these things lol.

      Love,

      JJB

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      1. theipc says:

        Dearest JJB,

        I + I

        Love,

        SSC

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  9. Justine B. says:

    Nice review, so glad you liked it! I love this movie SO much for a lot of reasons. I think everyone should watch this at least once (IPC, I’m looking at you.) 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Justine! I thought it worked on so many levels for so many reasons. It is definitely worth checking out at least once!

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  10. Dan O. says:

    Good review Zoe. Teller and Simmons help these characters stay afloat and still feel like human beings. Even when they do act out in ridiculous ways.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Dan! They did balance that very well!

      Like

  11. Great review, I want to see this! Hello Miss Z!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Heylo lady! Hope you have been well. I need to play catch up soon. Studying and then I have been sick :/ I hope you see this soon, well worth it!

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      1. I am doing good thanks for asking. I am sorry I was sick for a while too. Hope you feel better!!! I can’t wait to see this movie.

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  12. Tom says:

    Such a potent character study. J.K. Simmons, with a well-deserved Oscar in his hands now.

    Great piece Zoe, glad to read you got a kick out of this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Tom! Very good indeed!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. caragale says:

    I still haven’t watched this one, although I’ve become vastly curious about it. Nice to see that you enjoyed it, too! Nice job, lady!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thank you kindly! I thought it was quite thrilling!

      Liked by 1 person

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