Whiplash tells the story of a young jazz drummer who is trying to get better at playing while being pushed by his ruthless mentor. Whiplash stars Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist and Paul Reiser.
There are a few positives to this film which include: fantastic acting, great story, brilliant plot progression and amazingly tense scenes. The best part of this movie is the acting, J.K. Simmons is definitely the standout as the ruthless tutor Terence Fletcher he captivated me every time he was on screen; Miles Teller is also really good as the motivated drummer whose actions are very understandable and the role is well executed. The character interactions are brilliant and seeing the drummer develop is really fun to watch and then what ends up happening to him is a really good cinematic experience, the last part of the film is one of the best third acts to a film that I have ever seen and when the film finished I was blown away. The tense scenes are mostly due to J.K. Simmons' brilliant performance and when they happened (which was frequently) I was on the edge of my seat and completely engulfed in the film.
On the side of negatives I can only think of one which is that the plot isn't too interesting; what I mean by this is that even though the plot is great in how the characters interact and the third act is brilliant, the first two are just enjoyable so what I'm saying is that there is nothing special about the plot. This isn't much of a criticism I really enjoyed the film but it basically means that even though I'm not giving the film any negatives it doesn't mean it deserves a 10/10 rating.
Overall I absolutely loved Whiplash and I will definitely see this film again if not for the acting then for the music, so taking everything I have said into consideration I rate this film: