Shot in nineteen days on a budget that would not even touch One Direction's monthly hair product bill, Whiplash could be a film which will alter is a perceptions. Of music dramas (yes, it is a chamber piece... if you are thinking torture chamber). Of what makes an instructor inspirational (poetry not relevant? than try abuse). Of drum solos being a trifle one note...
At its racing heart beats a performance of splenetic stateliness from JK Simmons as the dreary John Fletcher, a dictator in F-major who conducts the jazz section of latest York's Shaffer Music Conservatory like it is the USMC. solely with harsher language.
So once he tells his latest recruit - promising instrumentalist Andrew (Teller) - to "have fun", you recognize he means that the alternative. Unless your plan of fun is being intimidated, humiliated, and vie off against your pitiful band mates.
But Andrew is decided to shed all the blood, sweat and tears it takes to become the band's lynch-pin.
Unfortunately, Fletcher's passion additionally begins to rub down, as Andrew's ever-supportive male parent (Paul Reiser) and girlfriend (Melissa Benoist) discover once they boy they love is remodeled into a chesty jerk.
While Simmons grabs the limelight to thrilling - and inevitably victory - impact, Teller has the a lot of exigent role. And he is extraordinary.
As formed by writer-director Damien Chazelle, John Fletcher could be a gift to any actor. however to convert as Andrew needs flaying the skin off everything: hands, character and drums. Teller's commitment to the latter could be a revelation in itself.
With kinetic written material to feature a visible flourish, a couple of neat supporting turns to support the Simmons-Teller double act (notably Nate Lang as Andrew's rival cymbal-basher), and a pointy, light script that puts a late twist within the tale, it's exhausting to sight a missing beat. (At least to primitive musical ears).
Come the last beat, you'll likely be exhausted. however you will additionally feel diverted, galvanized and splendidly alive. The credit starts here.