This post is inspired by:

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

Tonight I am doing something a little different, and discussing film.. one in particular. Whiplash. For those of you who know me, I’ve always said I was not a movie person — not one of my favorite activities until rather recently. Over the past two years I have become more involved in watching movies, and yes, while this is tough to even type.. actually began to enjoy watching them. Why I have never liked movies I cannot explain, but that is not the purpose of this post.

I began watching (and re-watching) some of my favorites including but not limited to: Caddyshack, Dazed and Confused, Jerry McGuire, and Casino. While I’ve said that I don’t like movies, I have quite an array of movies I like to watch. Anyway, when I started re-watching old favorites I was able to understand why I love them so much. The acting. Being able to believe these actors as someone they are just portraying in a film, and how involved you actually get when you watch them. Which is why, to me, is why people cry at some movies. The emotion is there, and it’s real.

Anyway, earlier this semester I went to the movies. Alone (you can add applause here). And I liked it. I saw Whiplash, if you haven’t heard of it here is quick synopsis:

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

The film was fantastic. If you’re a fan of Miles Teller, you will be taken back. If you’re not a fan, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Without giving away the film, Teller’s performance, for a younger actor, I must say he played his role like a seasoned actor. His performance wraps you up and to later find out he did much of the drumming himself is quite an accomplishment. JK Simmons on the other hand gave him such depth that the whole film, I felt compassion for and even understood his motives despite some of his actions throughout the film. It is tough to say if one actor out shined the other, because they are both sensational.

The intensity of both actors gives the audience real emotion engrossing them throughout the film. If you have ever seen Black Swan, you will find comparisons and will be pleased with the storyline. Known as a drama originally, I would consider it a psycho-thriller.

While the storyline is in depth, and meets more than the eye, the soundtrack and musical aspect of the film is nothing to glaze over. Being such a huge fan of music to begin with, I was stunned and taken back from not only the soundtrack, but the musical talent throughout the film. This score operates within the mind of the character, and it feels like we are experiencing his thoughts, his decisions and his feelings in every scene.The intensity of the music alone is enough to get one hooked.

Whiplash is one film that I would see many a times, as well as own. The hype and positive critiques from Sundance, as well as from other reviews is very well deserved.

Click here to watch the trailer


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