Film Brief: Whiplash

Whiplash - poster large

Everything you’ve heard is true.  If you haven’t heard, Whiplash follows the basic dynamic of The Karate Kid / Flashdance / Black Swan / An Officer and a Gentleman with a musical prodigy story just about perfectly executed.  The Rotten Tomatoes consensus reads:

Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.

Nailed it.  Having watched the preview a couple times, I wasn’t particularly keen to see this one — but Rotten Tomatoes convinced me otherwise.  One of the best of the year, about on par with Ida.  9/10

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