Have you seen the movie Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons?
The Swirl World’s movie buff Joyll Cambridge saw the movie on November 15 and shares with us her review:
Whiplash is an incredible portrayal of the dynamic that is student and teacher. The movie does a masterful job of showcasing just how far we will go to live our dreams.
Miles Teller’s absolutely phenomenal performance as young Andrew, a guy who’s pretty much never wanted to do anything else in life except be a master drummer, is so powerful, enigmatic and brutal that it leaves you sweating and breathless many times throughout the film.
It’s truly a “no guts, no glory” type of story and yet there is such a humanity to his portrayal that you find yourself moving to the beat right along with him more times than you can count.
The movie shows you that those who want to live their dreams not only sacrifice so much, but endure such a battle and struggle that few are strong enough to fight and even fewer strong enough to ACTUALLY win.
I expect golden globe nominations for Miles along with him being on the long list for Oscar 2015. There are very few weak legs in the film and you find yourself feeling so exhilarated by it, that when you finally catch your breath, you almost can’t believe what a cinematic achievement you’ve just seen.
J.K Simmons’ brilliantly brutal tongue in cheek portrayal of Fletcher gives you such a jolt to the heart that you find yourself literally wanting to jump into the screen and go toe to toe with him. No doubt he is a bully, but not just any ordinary playground bully.
He’s so much more than the layman can handle and yet he’s managed to zero in on the maestro that is young Andrew and make him his target for better, or for worse.
I give it an easy 4.5 out of 5 stars and a definite absolute MUST SEE, in fact MUST NOT MISS for any film goer looking to be challenged and to question your views of those in the spotlight.
BRAVO Miles! BRAAA-VO!!!!
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