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