Damien Chazelle directs Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Paul Reiser in this drama about an over ambitious student drummer and his bullying perfectionist sadist of a teacher.
A battle of minds. A thriller with no violence. Psychological warfare over jazz rhythm. The quest for greatness in a world of mediocrity. Featuring two of the finest lead performances of the 21st century (J.K. Simmons’ bastard man Terence Fletcher might just be the finest) and lovely Melissa Benoist’s big screen breakthrough. Every risk, and drawn out moment, and rapid fire character destruction in this is pitch fucking perfect cinema. Tom Cross’ hectoring editing is a wonderment of lean, percussive storytelling. Whether Whiplash is rushing or dragging it is exactly my tempo. One of the few recent movies I can hand on my heart state is an unimpeachable classic.
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